Commentary | Angus T. Jones apologized on Tuesday for a viral video that recently showed the young actor blasting his own CBS hit Two and a Half Men. While his apology seems heartfelt and on point, it doesn’t actually address his hatred of the show that made him famous and very rich.
In his letter, Angus apologizes to the crew of the show, namely show runners Chuck Lorre, Peter Roth, Warner Bros., and CBS and to the direct crew he has worked with for all of his young adult life.
Yet Angus never once apologize for calling Two and a Half Men a waste of TV space that should be avoided by even its most watched fans.
Essentially, Angus T. Jones apologized for his Two and a Half Men remarks by offering praises to people he respected while still allowing his original comments to be left unchecked.
“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.”
Charlie Sheen rebounded from his own remarks and very public breakdown by coming clean at the end of his “tour” to apologize to the actors and directors and other people he liked. By doing so, Sheen came off looking like the good guy without actually taking back his remarks about what he believed would be the downfall of Two and a Half Men.
Apologizing without apologizing seems to have worked as various media agencies have called the actors open letter an “apology” even though it never addressed his original attack against Two and a Half Men.
If you want to keep working in Hollywood, you have to prove that you can work with the people who run Hollywood. Sure, Jones may now hate his hit CBS show, but his apology at least shows he’s still willing to work with Hollywood people, and that, my friends, is a Charlie Sheen moment if I have ever seen one.
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In case you missed the Angus T. Jones freak out video, here is the first part of the segment: