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Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Jones’ upcoming absence has nothing to do with his recent video rant in which he called the show “filth” and urged viewers to “stop watching.” In fact, sources say producers have yet to talk to Jones, 19, about his recent statements posted online. And the absence of Angus’ character Jake, who is in the Army and therefor does not appear in every episode of the show, is pure coincidence.
Jones earns more than $300,000 an episode and has been on the hit sitcom since its inception — when he was a cute 9-year-old kid. The episodes to be shot this month will air in early 2013.
The video for the Forerunner Chronicles, which is linked to the Seventh-day Adventist movement, went viral Monday. In it, Jones reveals his discomfort with the content of the ribald comedy. “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. Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth. People say it’s just entertainment. Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television, especially with what you watch.”
Jones continues with the testimonial, intimating that the show is part of the plan of “the enemy” — presumably Satan. “If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here,” he says. “I don’t want to be contributing to the enemy’s plan. … You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says and being on that television show.”
Jones began attending the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Los Angeles this year and did a video interview for the church in October.
“If you’ve seen [Two and a Half Men] you know that … the show doesn’t want anything to do with God,” reads an introduction to the video. “But this young man hasn’t followed the all-too-familiar downhill route of many Hollywood child stars. Instead he’s looking up, and he sees his association with the show as an opportunity to share his faith with people who otherwise might never hear the name of Jesus used except in a negative way.”
Men has had its share of public controversy, of course. Jones’ statements comes a little less than two years after Charlie Sheen began publicly attacking executive producer and co-creator Chuck Lorre, a standoff that lead to Sheen’s messy ouster from the top-rated comedy. And earlier this year, co-creator Lee Aronsohn stepped down after making disparaging remarks about female comedy writers in an interview with THR.
Jones has expressed his desire to leave Two and a Half Men and attend college after the show’s current 10th season.
“My character does Skype calls,” Jones told E! Online in October. “He only does one-scene Skype calls. It’s easy, but it’s boring.”
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