Charlie Sheen offers Angus T. Jones role on 'Anger Management' following meltdown
Charlie Sheen has offered his former "Two and a Half Men" co-star Angus T. Jones the opportunity to appear on his new FX show, following what he called the young actor's "Hale-Bopp-like meltdown."
"My former nephew is welcome at the Goodson Anger Management home anytime," Sheen told ABCNews.com on November 28, inviting Jones to appear on his FX series, "Anger Management."
The show, which premiered in June to record ratings, sees Sheen as an aggressive anger management counselor in a role similar to the one originated by Jack Nicholson in the 2003 film.
Sheen did not specify a specific part for the actor to play. It is unclear if he has any power to cast guest stars on the series and whether Jones, who has not responded to his remarks, is allowed to appear on such a show. It is broadcast on a cable network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, a rival of CBS, which airs "Two and a Half Men." Sheen was fired from the sitcom in 2011 during a personal meltdown.
Jones, 19, has played Jake, the nephew of Sheen's character, on "Two and a Half Men" since he was a child. In a recently released video interview posted on a Christian website called the Forerunner Chronicles, run by a Seventh-day Adventist ministry, Jones is seen calling the long-running show "filth," and says that he doesn't want to be on it anymore, citing how he has become more religious.
The young actor has since issued an apology, saying that he's grateful for his role on the series, adding that he has "the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on 'Two and a Half Men,'" with whom he has worked with for over 10 years.
Reps for CBS and the sitcom's production company Warner Bros. Television have declined to comment about the controversy.
Sheen, who plays Charlie Goodson on his FX series, first weighed in on Jones' comments on Tuesday, November 27, saying in a statement obtained by OTRC.com: "With Angus' Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed."
The Hale-Bopp comet was observed on Earth in 1997. At that time, 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult in Southern California committed mass suicide, believing that they would end up meeting what they claimed was a UFO that was cloaked in the comet's trail.
On November 26, the video footage of Jones' religious testimony, which spans about 30 minutes in two separate videos, went viral.
"Jake from 'Two and a Half Men' means nothing," Jones says in the video (below). "He is a non-existent character. 'Two and a Half Men ... 'If you watch Two and a half men, please stop watching 'Two and a Half Men.' I'm on 'Two and a Half Men. I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth. Please."
Jones was named the highest-paid child TV actor in October 2010 after he began earning $300,000 an episode, or at least $7.8 million over two seasons. He also received a $500,000 signing bonus, according to TV Guide.
Watch the videos of Jones' testimony below.