Who doesn't love a good public meltdown and all the repercussions that come with it? The CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men has been especially fruitful in that department, as co-star Angus T. Jones made headlines this week with derogatory comments about his own show.
If you've been following the saga, the 19-year-old actor recently recorded a video testimonial discussing his newfound religious beliefs and derided Two and a Half Men as "filth," even begging viewers to stop watching the show and claiming that he didn't want to be on it anymore. Caught off-guard by the video when it went viral on Monday, series co-creator Chuck Lorre and other producers and executives were reportedly furious at Jones, who grew up starring on the show and currently rakes in approximately $350,000 per episode.
On Tuesday, three hours after being hired, publicist Eddie Michaels sprang into damage-control mode and released a statement of apology on behalf of the young actor, acknowledging his appreciation of Lorre, Warner Bros. head Peter Roth, and the rest of the crew behind Two and a Half Men. Declaring that Jones intends to return to work and honor the remainder of his one-year contract, his attorney and agency representatives were in negotiations with the studio concerning the actor's future on the show. A representative from Warner Bros. declined to comment on Jones' apology, while Michaels confirmed that talks were underway regarding his client's fate.
Near the end of last season, CBS pursued a two-year renewal with Jones to continue the hugely popular sitcom, but he only agreed to one year because of his intentions to go to college. As it is, he is barely on the show. Since his character Jake enlisted in the Army, he often only appears in a scene here and there via the magic of Skype.
"My character does Skype calls. He only does one-scene Skype calls," Jones told E! Online in October. "It's easy, but it's boring."
Man, can you imagine the chilly reaction this kid is going to get if he comes back to work on the show he just trashed and told people to stop watching?