You knew this was coming. Twenty-four hours after he lashed out at the show that made him wealthy and famous, Two and a Half Men co-star Angus T. Jones has issued a statement retracting his remarks.
Not surprisingly, the statement was released by Insignia PR, a public relations firm. In a video testimonial recorded for Forerunner Christian Church, Jones described the CBS sitcom as "filth" and pleaded with viewers to stop damaging their minds by watching it. Published on YouTube, the video went viral on Monday and ignited a raging controversy in the entertainment world. Earlier today, former co-star Charlie Sheen surmised that Two and a Half Men is "cursed," following Sheen's own public meltdown and exit from the series last year.
Since the 19-year-old actor isn't due back on the set until early next year, Jones and his handlers undoubtedly wanted to smooth things over as quickly as possible. Here is the statement in its entirety:
I have been the subject of much discussion, speculation and commentary over the past 24 hours. While I cannot address everything that has been said or right every misstatement or misunderstanding, there is one thing I want to make clear.
Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two and Half Men with whom I have worked over the past ten years and who have become an extension of my family.
Chuck Lorre, Peter Roth and many others at Warner Bros. and CBS are responsible for what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date. I thank them for the opportunity they have given and continue to give me and the help and guidance I have and expect to continue to receive from them.
I also want all of the crew and cast on our show to know how much I personally care for them and appreciate their support, guidance and love over the years. I grew up around them and know that the time they spent with me was in many instances more than with their own families. I learned life lessons from so many of them and will never forget how much positive impact they have had on my life.
I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed. I never intended that.