ANGUS T. JONES will not be on the set of "Two and a Half Men" to tape the next two episodes, but this was pre-planned, and has nothing to do with his religious, anti-"Two and a Half Men" rant that hit the Internet this week. Angus' character, Jake, is in the Army, and has had a diminished role recently. Sources say he was never written into these episodes.
They add that the producers have yet to talk to him about his comments, so this IS just a coincidence. There's still no word from CBS. Actually, it could be a while before any of this is resolved. The episodes without Angus are the last ones that will tape before the holidays. (They'll air sometime early next year.) So he isn't expected back at work until after the New Year.
Here's another interesting point to consider: There's some talk that Angus' comments blind-sided the producers, but what if they didn't?
It sounds like Angus started getting very serious about religion earlier this year, and in the video, his remarks came out so freely and articulately, that this may not be the first time he's expressed those concerns. If he's already talked about it with the show's producers, maybe that's why they decided to send Jake to the Army, so that they could either phase him out of the show, or at least give him some space. Otherwise, it seems like an odd choice to place one of your three main characters outside the world of the show, often having him only interact through a computer. Especially since they're paying him $350,000 an episode.
Either way, that plotline was NOT a mutual decision. Last month, Angus talked like he didn't enjoy having a reduced role. He said, "My character does Skype calls, one-scene Skype calls, it's easy, but it's boring."
"Two and a Half Men" Creator Chuck Lorre Addressed the Angus T. Jones Rant
"Two and a Half Men" co-creator CHUCK LORRE addressed ANGUS T. JONES' religious, anti-"Two and a Half Men" rant in one of those "vanity cards" at the end of "Mike & Molly" on Monday night. (He's an executive producer on that show.)
Lorre didn't directly mention Angus or what he said. But his message was about religion, and how he feels that the world is as ugly and awful as you choose to see it. Or something like that. The vanity card only flashed on the screen briefly, but here's what it said:
"I've been told that if you change your mind, you change the world, or at least the way you experience it. Let's take a moment to examine that. The presumption is, if you thought the world was a hostile, ugly place, filled with awful people doing awful things, that is what you'd see. Your mind would naturally seek out confirmation for its preconceived ideas (for example, if you're intent on buying a red car, as you go about your day you'll see lots of red cars). If, however, you were able to sincerely change your mind and see that we are all God in drag . . . that we are the conscious aspects of a perfect universe which had to create us so we could bear witness and stand in awe before its loving magnificence . . . Then that's the soul-shaking reality you'd be greeted with each and every moment of each and every day. In other words, it's entirely our choice as to what kind of world we live in. With a simple decision, we can suffer in the darkness or play in the light. We can be angry, frightened and enslaved, or loving, joyous and free. I know. It's a toughie."