PASADENA (CBSLA.com/AP) — CBS says all is forgiven with “Two and a Half Men” actor Angus T. Jones.
Nina Tassler, the network’s entertainment president, said Saturday the 19-year-old actor is expected back at work next week, apology accepted for his interview declaring the hit CBS comedy “filth” and “very inappropriate.”
Those comments were made in a video posted on YouTube back in November in which Jones professes his religious beliefs.
In that clip, Jones is seated next to televangelist Christopher Hudson and says of his character on the show, “Jake from ‘Two and a Half Men’ means nothing. He is a nonexistent character.”
He continued, “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.”
Hudson — known for his video sermons on YouTube titled “The Forerunner Chronicles” — can be seen in one of his clips preaching that media and the entertainment industry are tools of the devil.
Jones plays the “half” in the popular comedy, portraying actor Jon Cryer’s son. He reportedly makes $350,000 an episode.
Tassler indicated she was giving Jones some slack for his age, saying her own 24-year-old son said some things between 19 and 24 that she wished he hadn’t.
“The bottom line is cooler heads prevailed,” she said. “He has been a beloved member of that cast for years and years and years and he issued a public apology.
At the end of the day, they want him to come back, he wants to come back.”
Rehearsals for new episodes are expected to begin next week following a break for the holidays.
Tassler also said CBS, show creator Chuck Lorre and the production company, Warner Bros., are all interested in seeing “Two and a Half Men” continue beyond this season. The actors are still not signed beyond this season.
She said CBS is nearing a deal to continue another one of its Monday night comedies, “How I Met Your Mother,” for at least another season.
CBS is also basking in the success of its Thursday night comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” currently in its sixth season. Nielsen said the show had just under 20 million viewers last week, its biggest audience ever, breaking a record set one week earlier.
The show’s reruns have become very popular on cable and in syndication, creating a sort of whiplash effect driving more interest in original episodes, Tassler said.
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