'Two and a Half Men' star not fired -- yet
Reports: Angus T. Jones tirade thus far overlooked by producers, network
As Charlie Sheen proved last year, getting fired from "Two and a Half Men" is not an easy process. Oh sure, you can make it happen -- but only after weeks of nonsensical vitriol.
Production is proceeding as usual on "Two and a Half Men" following the maelstrom created Monday by star Angus T. Jones. In a YouTube video for a Christian group, the 19-year-old -- who plays Jake Harper, the half a man in the title -- called his show "filth" and "bad news," and begged fans not to watch.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the CBS sitcom has not altered its schedule or cast in light of the controversy. However, if TMZ is to be believed, Jones is in a "silent standoff" with show creator Chuck Lorre in which neither has played his hand. (According to Entertainment Weekly, the outburst could render Jones in breach of his contract.)
A rehearsal is scheduled for Tuesday morning, according to TMZ. However, Jones may not be on set only because his character is not supposed to appear in every episode this season. (At the end of last season, Harper joined the Army.)
"Please stop watching 'Two and a Half Men,'" said Jones -- who reportedly earns $350,000 an episode -- in the video. "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." Check it out for yourself:
As bites on the feeding hand go, it isn't quite the whopper delivered last year by Sheen. Still, the question is whether the Sheen affair -- which led to the lead actor's replacement by Ashton Kutcher -- has increased or decreased Lorre's tolerance for this sort of stuff.
"Two and Half Men" airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.