Charlie Sheen says 'Men' show 'cursed,' cites Jones' 'Hale-Bopp-like meltdown'
Charlie Sheen, who was famously fired from "Two and a Half Men" last year after a meltdown, has weighed in on former co-star Angus T. Jones' recent dismissal of the CBS sitcom as "filth."
Jones, 19, has played Jake, the nephew of Sheen's character, on the show since he was a child. He says in a recently released video interview posted on a Christian website called the Forerunner Chronicles, run by a Seventh-day Adventist ministry, that the show is "filth" and that he doesn't want to be on it anymore, citing how he has become more religious.
"With Angus' Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed," Sheen said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Tuesday.
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.
Reps for CBS and the sitcom's production company Warner Bros. Television have declined to comment on Jones' negative remarks about "Two and a Half Men."
UPDATE at 6:20 p.m. PT: Angus T. Jones has issued a statement of apology. Check it out here.
Before he recorded the video, on his 19th birthday on October 18, Jones appeared at the Adventist Media Center in Los Angeles and talked about how he has become more religious.
"I'm an normal human and it's very weird being on a television show, especially now that I'm trying to walk with God because my television show had nothing to do with God and doesn't want anything to do with God," he said in front of a crowd.
The actor added he is currently in a "strange position" and that he is under contract to continue to star on the series for another year.
Jones' comments were made 20 months after Sheen underwent a public meltdown, unleashed a series of on-air and online rants about the creator of "Two and a Half Men" and got fired from the popular series.
He made a TV comeback with his own series, "Anger Management," which premiered in June on the cable channel FX and was renewed for an additional 90 episodes after ratings exceeded expectations.
Sheen had played a womanizing bachelor on "Two and a Half Men." He was replaced by Ashton Kutcher in 2011. Jon Cryer, who plays Sheen's character's brother, remains on the series, which like many primetime sitcoms, often features sexual innuendo.
This past May, before the debut of season 10 in the fall, Jones was given a raise and now makes $350,000 per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This past season saw Jake getting cozy with guest star Miley Cyrus.