LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Actor Charlie Sheen weighed in Tuesday on the controversy surrounding “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones after the 19-year-old called the show “filth” and told people not to watch it.
Sheen made headlines when he was fired from the show in 2011 after a public meltdown and insult-filled rants against show creator Chuck Lorre.
“With Angus’s Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed,” Sheen told People magazine.
Sheen’s comet comment was an apparent comparison between Jones’ behavior and the Heaven’s Gate religious cult. In 1997, cult members committed mass suicide because they believed death was the only way to gain access to an alien ship that was following the Hale-Bopp comet.
Jones is under fire for criticizing the show in an online video in which he professes his religious beliefs.
“Jake from ‘Two and a Half Men’ means nothing. He is a nonexistent character,” Jones said of his character on the hit CBS program. “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.”
The actor appeared in the video, seated next to televangelist Christopher Hudson, to profess his religious beliefs and to blast the show. Hudson’s sermons can be found in YouTube videos called “The Forerunner Chronicles.”
“Please stop filling your head with filth, please. People say it’s just entertainment…” Jones said.
The actor released a written statement Tuesday apologizing for his comments which read, in part:
“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 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.”