Damage control on Angus T. Jones' vitriolic outburst against "Two and a Half Men" was a walk in the park ... at least in comparison to Charlie Sheen's epic meltdown last year -- so says CBS honcho Les Moonves.
Moonves sat down with the Wallstreet Journal to discuss Angus' infamous YouTube video -- in which the 19-year-old calls "Two and a Half Men" filth and urges people not to watch it. Angus has since semi-apologized.
But no matter how big of a mess Angus made, nothing will ever compare to Sheen's legendary crusade against "Men" and its creator Chuck Lorre last year -- Moonves says, "I don’t think [the Angus situation has] been quite resolved, but after going through what we went through with Charlie Sheen, it’s been a piece of cake."
Still, Moonves says the network hasn't decided whether to fire Angus -- whom he referred to as “that kid on 'Two And A Half Men' who’s getting paid $300,000 per episode to talk bad about me.”
Charlie was fired from the show last March ... but bounced back after signing ANOTHER huge contract to star in "Anger Management."
Angus T. Jones
You Be the Judge
12/2/2012 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Angus T. Jones got himself in some serious hot water with "Two and a Half Men" producers when he called the show ungodly filth and said he wanted to quit in an epic video "testimony." So we gotta ask ...
Angus T. Jones
11/28/2012 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Angus T. Jones will NOT quit "Two and a Half Men" ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the one-half actor tell TMZ ... Angus feels terrible that he caused huge problems for the cast and crew. When he recorded the video trashing the show and calling it "filth," he had no idea the story would blow up.
As it was put to us, he says he has always felt "invisible" and no one really cared what he thought about the show or anything else. He's stunned at the reaction to the video.
Our sources say Angus will finish out the season and complete his contractual obligations on the show. It's almost certain, we're told, he will not come back after this season. Indeed, we're told he wanted to quit after last season, but his reps and family convinced him it would be "stupid" to walk out on a contract that could earn him as much as $15 mil.
'Two & a Half Men' Star
Show Is NOT Filth
11/28/2012 11:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Two and a Half Men" star Holland Taylor -- who plays Angus T. Jones' grandmother on the show -- says she admires Angus despite his anti-"Men" message ... but thinks his "filth" comment is utter nonsense.
69-year-old Taylor was out for a hike in L.A. earlier today -- looking fantastic we might add -- when she said, "I admire [Angus] and like him. He's finding his way."
She adds, "I admire all the people involved with my show, and I admire Angus particularly. I don't know what he's experiencing now."
But when she was asked about Angus' comment that the show was filthy -- Taylor could hardly contain herself, saying, "OH PLEASE!"
It's Chuck Lorre's Fault
Angus Lost His Mind
11/28/2012 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen isn't done blasting "Two and a Half Men" over the Angus T. Jones brouhaha -- now he's targeting show creator Chuck Lorre ... telling TMZ it's Lorre's fault Angus has suffered "an emotional tsunami."
As we reported, Charlie has already called Angus' infamous YouTube confessional a "Hale-Bopp-like meltdown" -- referencing the Heaven's Gate cult suicide -- but that's just the beginning.
Charlie tells us, "Obviously, not having been there for some time, the Angus T. Jones that I knew and still love is not the same guy I saw on YouTube yesterday."
He adds, "I dare anyone to spend ten years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre's hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami."
As we first reported, Angus has already issued a semi-apology for the video -- in which he calls "Men" filth -- telling us, "I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues."
Angus T. Jones
I'm Sorry If ...
11/27/2012 5:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Angus T. Jones has just issued a statement ... sorta, kinda apologizing for biting the hand that feeds him when he went off on "Two and a Half Men."
In his statement, Jones praises the honchos behind the sitcom ... saying, "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."
He goes on, "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."
As we previously reported, Jones appeared in a video with a man he considered a spiritual adviser and blasted "Men" ... calling the show "filth" and urging people not to watch it.
Here's Angus' statement in full:
"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 and over the past ten years 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."
Angus Is Acting Cult-ish
... 'Men' is Cursed
11/27/2012 3:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen thinks Angus T. Jones is acting like a crazy cult member ... and believes he's melting down as a result of a "Two and a Half Men" curse.
Sheen finally broke his silence on his former co-star's videotaped verbal assault on the sitcom today ... telling People.com, "With Angus's Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed."
Charlie's Hale-Bopp comment is an obvious reference to the Heaven's Gate religious cult ... which committed mass suicide in 1997 because they believed death was the only way to gain access to an alien ship that was following the Hale-Bopp comet.
Can't argue with logic.
Angus T. Jones' Church
We're NOT Affiliated
with Doomsday Preacher
11/27/2012 1:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The church that baptized Angus T. Jones is making it clear ... it has ABSOLUTELY NO connection with the conspiracy theorist preacher who's taken Angus under his wing.
The Seventh-Day Adventist Church has released a statement about Jones ... saying it's "happy" Angus decided to become a member of the L.A. congregation back in June ... but the church wants everyone to know it was NOT behind the actor's anti-"Two and a Half Men" rant.
"These comments were of a personal nature, reflecting his views after having undergone changes during his spiritual journey," the church said.
As for Christopher Hudson -- the homophobic, anti-Obama, conspiracy theorist who interviewed Angus for his Forerunner Chronicles web series -- the church says:
"We are unable to offer information because Forerunner Chronicles is not a ministry operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its host is not a pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church."
As we previously reported, Angus told Hudson "Men" was ungodly "filth" ... somehow connected to Satan ... and he no longer wants to be on the show.
Despite distancing itself from Angus' comments, the church says, "We welcome him with open arms."
Angus T. Jones
11/27/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Angus T. Jones is in showbiz limbo, because he hasn't quit "Two and a Half Men" and show execs haven't fired him after he trashed the show ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with "Men" tell TMZ ... all of the execs on the show and at Warner Bros. have seen Angus' video, in which he calls the sitcom "filth" and asks the audience to boycott.
We've learned Angus -- who rakes in $300,000 an episode -- has not contacted any of the show honchos to express his intentions, nor have any of his reps done the same. Although Angus says in the video he doesn't want to be on the show anymore, that message has not been conveyed to show execs.
On the other side, we've learned Chuck Lorre, the brains behind the show, has not played his hand ... even to Warner Bros. executives.
Today could be telling, because there's a scheduled rehearsal this AM. It's unclear if Angus is supposed to be there, but if he's a no-show his absence could be the first step toward the door.
Angus T. Jones
Embracing Homophobic, Anti-Obama, Doomsday Theorist
11/27/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jay-Z is a freemason with a Satanic agenda ... in fact, he's executing a plan concocted by Lucifer himself, at least according to the man who is serving as a spiritual guide to "Two and a Half Men" star Angus T. Jones.
The man behind the theory is Christopher Hudson -- who is featured with Jones in the "testimonial" video where Angus trashes "Men" as "filth" that goes against his newfound religious ideology.
In the video, Jones says he discovered Hudson through his ForeRunner Chronicles video series -- in which Hudson spouts off about a variety of topics ... including:
-- Why he believes Jay-Z is a Freemason with ties to the devil
-- How Obama's pro-gay agenda has similarities to Hitler
-- How the NYC gas crisis can lead to cannibalism
In fact, Hudson warned his followers that the gas crisis can turn into a food crisis, forcing women to begin cannibalizing their own children -- "Your baby might start looking like a chicken wing."
So does Jones believe everything Hudson is preaching? It sure seems that way ... because during the "testimony" video, Angus praised Hudson, saying, "I love watching ForeRunner Chronicles ... all the information is so great."
He continued, "Your videos have no doubt been a blessing to me."
We spoke with Hudson who tells us he and Angus have become close over the past year and share similar beliefs. We also reached out to Angus -- but we haven't heard back.
Angus T. Jones
TRASHES 'Two and a Half Men'
It's Ungodly FILTH
11/26/2012 10:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Angus T. Jones is pleading with his fans to STOP watching "Two and a Half Men" ... claiming it's nothing but "filth" that contradicts his deep Christian values.
19-year-old Jones -- who makes $300k AN EPISODE playing Jake on the show -- is featured in a new video for the Forerunner Christian Church ... in which he talks about his commitment to his faith and explains, "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 and especially with what you watch on television ... it's bad news."
Jones also suggests that Satan is somehow involved with "Two and a Half Men."
He continues, "If I am doing any harm, I don't want to be here. 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."
Angus says he turned to religion after realizing his life was on a "downward trend" -- which included drug use and speeding tickets.
In fact, Angus says he was dropping acid and smoking weed while he was in high school.
'Two & a Half Men' Star
Files for Divorce
From 'Always Sunny' Actor
10/1/2012 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Two and a Half Men" star Melanie Lynskey -- who plays the neighbor Rose on the show -- has filed for divorce from her "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star husband Jimmi Simpson, TMZ has learned.
Melanie filed the docs on September 25th in L.A. County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences."
The couple was married in 2007 and have been separated since April 2012. They have no minor children.
According to the divorce docs, both Melanie and Jimmi have waved their rights to spousal support.
Jon Cryer Bike Crash
I Thought I Was
GOING TO DIE
9/17/2012 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jon Cryer nearly died during his violent bike crash this weekend ... but the actor tells TMZ the very first thought that raced through his mind was, "NOT THE FACE!"
Cryer just called in to "TMZ Live" ... telling us he luckily didn't break any bones during his crash in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon ... but says "I've left a lot of my skin on the Pacific Coast Highway."
As we previously reported, Cryer wiped out during the cycling leg of the race ... explaining, "You know how cyclists wear the leotard that offers zero protection? I used that to break my fall."