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Angus T. Jones Publicly Apologizes to ‘Two and a Half Men’ Overlords

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Angus T. Jones, who until Monday was known mainly as “that kid on ‘Two and a Half Men,’” has had quite a busy week.

First he implored people not to watch his show anymore because it’s “filth,” and then his mom said she was worried he’d been sucked into a cult. Now, not even two days after the whole brouhaha began, Jones has realized which side of his $350,000-per-episode bread is buttered and issued a public apology.

The sitcom employs some 200 people, and the 19-year-old Jones either doesn’t want to bear the brunt of their unemployment — or doesn’t want to risk his own. Chuck Lorre, the show’s creator, doesn’t take too kindly to publicly crazy dissension within the ranks (just ask Charlie Sheen about that).

So through PR reps who maybe wielded a cattle prod or two, Jones issued the following statement on Tuesday night:

“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 over the past ten years and 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.”

Maybe this will smooth things over. Or maybe not — because according to Sheen, there’s a pox on the house of ‘Two and a Half Men’ anyway. In a brief statement to PEOPLE, he said simply, “With Angus’s Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed.”

Funny how no one involved with the show has any trouble cashing those jinxy paychecks.

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