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Angus T. Jones as Jake Harper on "Two and a Half Men."
"Two and a Half Men" star Angus T. Jones has issued a statement after slamming the hit sitcom he's starred on since it premiered in 2003. On Monday, a video featuring the 19-year-old urging fans to "stop watching (the show) and filling your head with filth" went viral. The actor had remained silent on this latest controversy surrounding the show until Tuesday evening.
In a statement sent to TODAY.com, the actor makes clear his feelings for the cast and crew he has been working with. "Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on 'Two and a Half Men' with whom I have worked over the past ten years, and who have become an extension of my family," Jones said.
Here is his complete statement:
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.
According to E! Online, production on "Men" continued as usual this week, though Jones was not present. His character, Jake Harper, is in the Army, and appears while on leave from the base.
"Two and a Half Men" airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.
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