And here it is. Angus T. Jones has issued a sweeping apology to all involved with his hit sitcom Two and a Half Men following his viral video sensation bashing the show. The actor’s publicist issued the following press statement via Deadline (plus there’s some analysis below):
“I have been the subject of much discussion, speculation and commentary over the past 24 hours. 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 also want all of the crew and cast on our show to know how much I personally care for them and appreciate their support, guidance and love over the years. I grew up around them and know that the time they spent with me was in many instances more than with their own families. I learned life lessons from so many of them and will never forget how much positive impact they have had on my life.
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.”
Notice the actor walks a fine line here. He’s apologetic to all the people involved in making the show. But he doesn’t say anything to defend the show itself. Unlike Charlie Sheen, who attacked the show’s co-creator Lorre and CBS in addition to the hit series during his epic meltdown last year, Jones’ criticism was focused on the show’s content (calling it “filth,” etc.). The statement allows Jones to publicly amend for his comments, without actually reversing his position.