In the Bible, Jesus tells Peter that “before the rooster crows, you will have denied me three times.” I wonder what Seventh Day Adventist figure Forerunner (aka Christopher Hudson) would say about his new disciple Angus T. Jones taking back what he said in his Two and a Half Men video from two days ago?
Earlier this week, newly-religious Angus gave a “testimony” where he pronounced that the show that had been his career for the past decade was “filth.” And he didn’t mince words: “Jake from Two and a Half Men, means nothing. He is a non-existent character. If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I’m on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it.” But with all of the controversy and negative backlash, Angus has now backtracked and issued a semi-apology:
“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.”
Why the complete turnaround? Sadly, the reason seems pretty cynical: Angus wised up that this is the only gig he has, and he could stand to lose it after his public denouncement. Since he started on Two and a Half Men in 2003, he hasn’t pursued many other acting projects, so it’s not like he has any sort of cushion should he get fired. Plus, let’s not forget that the boy makes $350,000 per episode. He’s not gonna find a gig this lucrative anywhere else.
To make things worse, he’s not due back on the set until early 2013 because of coincidental scheduling before the holiday hiatus. Then you have other people weighing in on the fiasco: The Office‘s Rainn Wilson and Craig Robinson made a great parody video mocking Angus… and of course, Charlie Sheen couldn’t miss an opportunity to comment. ”Obviously, not having been there for some time, the Angus T. Jones that I knew and still love is not the same guy I saw on YouTube yesterday,” he told TMZ. However, he still seems to blame their show’s creator for its stars’ meltdowns: ”I dare anyone to spend ten years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre’s hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami.”
Angus likely glimpsed his future as being associated with Charlie and decided he had better get his act together, and fast. I’m just curious to see what response Forerunner will put out.
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