Angus T. Jones, the star of "Two and a Half Men" who trashed his own show as "filth," is "cool and calm" and "doing very well," according to his interviewer who spoke with Jones after his comments prompted an online outburst.
Christopher Hudson, who hosts the online show ForeRunner Chronicles, also told ABCNews.com that he admired Jones for speaking so boldly about his religious convictions.
"I'm impressed that this young man has the ability to deal with this situation in a responsible way," Hudson said today. "This young man is a noble young man. Because he is not just professing Christ with his words and saying that he's a Christian, but he's showing the proof."
Late Tuesday, Jones released an apology to the Hollywood Reporter, saying: "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."
He said he regretted any indifference or disrespect that his remarks might have implied.
Hudson's 15-minute-long sit down with Jones went viral after he posted it to YouTube Monday. As of this afternoon, it had more than 800,000 views. While most of the video is devoted to Jones' testimonial about becoming a Seventh-Day Adventist, he goes on a tirade about "Two and a Half Men," where he's played happy-go-lucky kid Jake Harper since 2003.
"Jake from 'Two and a Half Men' means nothing," he says. "He is a non-existent character. 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."
He goes on, "Please stop watching. Please stop filling your head with filth, please. People say it's entertainment ... the fact that it's entertainment ... do some research on the effect of television on your brain and you'll have a decision to make."
"It's bad news," he adds, shaking his head. "A lot of people don't like to think about how deceptive the enemy is."
That "enemy" has made him rich. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 19-year-old actor earns about $350,000 per episode, and received a raise along with co-stars Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher when the show was renewed for a tenth season in May. "Two and a Half Men" tapes about 20 episodes per season and has been on for 10 seasons.
Representatives for Jones, CBS, and Warner Bros., the studio that produces "Two and a Half Men," have yet to comment on the video. Hudson said he spoke with Jones on Monday and the actor is "doing very well."
"He's maintaining very well," Hudson said. "From speaking to him, he was very cool and calm and he's doing very well."
What's Next for Angus T. Jones?
What happens now? "Two and a Half Men" managed to muddle out of an epic drama with Charlie Sheen two years ago when Sheen's erratic behavior led to CBS and Warner Bros. booting their star from what was TV's No. 1 sitcom. Sheen went on a media tour afterwards, slamming the show and its creator Chuck Lorre. By all accounts, it was a PR nightmare.
Matt Belloni, news director of The Hollywood Reporter, doesn't think the same thing will happen with Jones. He noted that no studio would want to fire an actor for expressing his religious beliefs. But, he said it's likely that Lorre and the show's producers will ask Jones if he wants out.
"Nobody wants someone who doesn't want to be there," he said. "He's paid very well, they treat him like a professional, it's not like there's some raging feud happening on the set like there was with Charlie Sheen. I could see them working something out where he leaves gracefully."
Jones has time before he has to show his face on set. A source close to "Two and a Half Men" told ABCNews.com that Jones does not appear in the next two episodes being filmed. His character recently joined the Army and hasn't appeared often this season.
In an October interview with E! Online, Jones lamented Jake's reduced screentime. "My character does Skype calls. He only does one scene Skype calls," he said. "It's easy but it's boring." Belloni said it's likely Jones is planning to move on from the show and go to college.
If he wants to stay in Hollywood, he may have some problems.
Angus T. Jones Called 'Noble' For Trashing Own Show
"Some may admire his strong opinion and indication of taste, while other prospective employers might worry that he'll sound off on their project if he deems it not up to snuff," said Matt Webb Mitovich, editor at large of TVLine.com. "Plus, his viewpoint is inevitably tainted by the fact that he has shown no problem collecting $300,000 for his role in disseminating what he has called 'filth.'"
For Hudson, the "ridiculous amount" of attention his video generated came as a surprise. He said he "didn't even really know who Angus Jones was" before a mutual friend introduced them because Jones was sharing Hudson's videos online. He's never watched "Two and a Half Men."
Now, Hudson agrees that the young actor has a major choice to make.
"Our relationship with Jesus Christ is not something you can leave at home or pack in your purse or put in your book bag," he said. "It's your life. No man can serve two masters. It's one or the other."
"Angus, I believe, has come to that understanding," he said. "What he does with that understanding in the near future is for him to decide."
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