Angus T. Jones appears to be getting his video wish, according to what CBS head Les Moonves just told “The Wall Street Journal”. Although he did say he “didn’t know” what the 19 year-old actor’s status with “Two and a Half Men” actually is, he did use the words “We have other plans”. That doesn’t bode well for Angus T. Jones, who quickly apologized last week after posting his viral video rant to Youtube, in which he called the show “filth” and urged viewers to tune out. According to STV Entertainment today, Moonves added that compared to the situation they endured with Charlie Sheen’s meltdown, this situation with Jones is a “piece of cake”.
Some are taking those words, that this situation is so much easier to deal with than Sheen’s, as an indication that the CBS chief will overlook the young actor’s remarks and welcome him back to the show.
That may turn out to be the case, but, it seems more likely that it’s an indication that it will be much easier to deal with Angus T. Jones’ exit from the sitcom that Charlie Sheen’s was.
After all, the days of cute and young character Jake Harper are long over. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times refers to Jones as, “just another child star past his prime”. Let’s face it, there’s really nothing funny about his character, nor Jones’ portrayal of him, anymore.
Moonves probably sees dumping Angus’ role as easy and not having much effect on the show should it continue into another season. Since “Two and a Half Men” rebooted with Ashton Kutcher after Sheen’s departure, it’s hardly recognizable as the same program, other than perhaps Jon Cryer.
Most of the other cast regulars’ roles have been eliminated or marginalized. The show simply isn’t the same thing it began as, rather it’s a show that contains some of the same characters, and a similar set to the one that debuted a decade ago.
Moonves’ words seemed somewhat indignant as he described Angus’ position with the show over the years. “We took this boy who started with us when he was eight years old, and it seemed to be what happens with child stars over the course of time.
“He's now making $300,000 per week, which is not a bad salary for a 19-year-old kid, and he went on a religious channel and urged people not to watch the show because it was filth. By the way, he's still collecting his $300,000 a week”, he said.
Sources closest to Jones, who now identifies as a Seventh-Day Adventist, claim his religious transformation was born out of his fear of turning into another Charlie Sheen.
According to the Daily Mail, “Part of the reason Angus is so wary of the [TV] industry and so involved with the church is that he's seen what's happened to Charlie [Sheen] front and center”, said a family friend.
“He doesn't want to end up like that. Who would?”, the friend added.