LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The one-time child star of "Two and a Half Men" said today he meant no disrespect to his colleagues on the CBS show when he bashed the program in an Internet video, insisting he never intended to show a "lack of appreciation" for the role he has played for a decade.
Angus T. Jones, who has been playing Jake Harper on the show since he was 9, made headlines this week when a video posted online by the Forerunner Christian Church showed the now-19-year-old actor criticizing the sitcom as "filth" and urging people not to watch the program. He also said he did not want to be on the program anymore.
But in a statement released today to Deadline Hollywood, Jones insisted he is grateful to the cast and crew of the show and has "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 10 years and who have become an extension of my family."
Jones thanked series creators Chuck Lorre and Peter Roth for "one of the most significant experiences of my life to date."
"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," he said. "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."