"Two and a Half Men" star Angus T Jones axed from show?


Angus T. Jones (right) with Two and a Half Men actors, Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher in New York City last year.


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Could Angus T. Jones, who plays Jake in "Two and a Half Men", follow in the footsteps of Charlie Sheen?

The head of CBS, Les Moonves, hinted at it on Tuesday as he spoke to investors about the star's recent religious rant in which he called the show "filth" and urged viewers not to watch it, ABC News reported.

"We took this boy who started with us when he was eight years old and it seems to be what happens with child stars over the course of time,” Moonves said at a breakfast hosted by the Wall Street Journal.

“He’s now making over $300,000 per week, which is not a bad salary for a 19-year-old kid,” Moonves said, “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 per week.”

Asked about whether the actor would disappear from screens, Moonves said: “I don’t know what our status is with him.

“After going through what we went through with Charlie Sheen, it’s been a piece of cake.”

But E! News said a source had previously told it that Jones was already planning on leaving the show at the end of the current season. 

"You might see him for a few guest spots," the source said, adding that it's "likely" the 19-year-old will choose to go to college next year. 

After the religious video went viral last week, Jones issued a grovelling apology to the cast and crew.

The Guardian reported Jones, who plays Jake in the comedy, released a statement late on Tuesday, amid specuation he could suffer the same fate as his former, Charlie Sheen, and be fired.

"I apologise 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."

"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."

The statement is a remarkable turnaround from Jones's religious rant in which he urged fans not to watch his award winning show because it is "filth".

TMZ reported Jones, who makes $350,000 an episode, made the extraordinary outburst during a video interview with the religious website Forerunner Chronicles.

"If you watch 'Two and a Half Men,' please stop watching 'Two and a Half Men,'" Jones says.

"I'm on 'Two and a Half Men,' and I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it, please stop filling your head with filth," he continues.

“People say it’s just entertainment,” he said. "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 on television. It's bad news."

The Huffington Post reported the unauthorised rant came 18 months after Charlie Sheen repeatedly mocked the show and its creator Chuck Lorre. Sheen was subsequently written out of the show and replaced by Ashton Kutcher. 

Warner Bros, who produces the hit comedy, has not made any comment.