In the interview with the religious website Forerunner Chronicles, the 19-year-old Jones spoke out against the show, calling it “filth.”
The actor claimed that the sitcom, television’s third most popular comedy, is “very inappropriate” and talked about how his religious awakening has affected his attitude toward life and work.
“If you watch ‘Two and a Half Men,’ please stop watching ‘Two and a Half Men,’” Jones says in the video interview, which the website billed as “The Testimony of the Awakening of [a] star.”
“I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men,’ and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it, please stop filling your head with filth,” he added.
However, by Tuesday the famous teenager had released a measured apology through his PR firm.
“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,” Jones said in a statement released by his publicist. “I never intended that.”
The young actor – who plays Jake Harper, the CBS sitcom’s “Half” man – didn’t revealed what motivated him to make comments.
“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,” he wrote.
“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.”
It’s still unclear how Jones’ offensive remarks could affect the show in the long run, but sources close to production told CNN that viewer’s won’t see Jones in the two remaining episodes that the CBS sitcom will shoot before going on holiday break.
The insiders added that both of the episodes were written well in advance of Jones’ video confession, which whipped around the Web on Monday.
In a radio broadcast, “The Voice of Prophecy,” recorded for the Seventh-day Adventist Church last month, the teen spoke of his religious path. He has been attending a Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Los Angeles area.
The 19-year-old revealed that he felt drawn to God after a tough time in his life when his parents were going through a divorce and he experimented with drugs, CTV News reports.
“I never drank,” he said. “That was one thing God protected me from, and I’m still a virgin. God protected me from those things.”
Jones said that “it’s very weird that I’m on a television show, especially now that I am trying to walk with God. My television show has nothing to do with God and doesn’t want anything to do with God.”
In another interview posted earlier this week by Christianity Today, the ‘half man’ described himself as a “paid hypocrite.”
“Even though it’s my job to be an actor, I have given my life to God,” he said. “I am very comfortable and firm in that, but I still have to be on this show. It’s the No. 1 comedy, but it’s very inappropriate and the themes are very inappropriate. I have to be this person I am not.”