You knew it wouldn't be long before Charlie Sheen waded into the troubled waters at Two and a Half Men this week. And for once, he got to sit back and commentate while someone else -- Angus T. Jones -- flailed in the deep end.
As Jones, 19, was issuing an apology for denouncing Two and a Half Men as "filth" in a religious video, Sheen was talking to ABC News about Jones' future professional plans.
"My former nephew is welcome at the Goodson Anger Management home anytime," Sheen told ABCNews.com. (He plays the center's therapist, Charlie Goodson.) He also commented that "it is radically clear to me that [my former] show is cursed." As producer Chuck Lorre deals with a second public meltdown from a key cast member, he's probably thinking the same thing!
Sheen obviously assumed that, after urging people not to watch his show, Jones would be out of a job. But not so fast. According to People, Jones, at least, hasn't reached that conclusion. "Angus expects to report to work after the holiday break in January," says a source who knows him. "He intends to honor his contract through the end of the season."
Meanwhile, the debate rages on about whether Jones is being exploited. His own mother is skeptical about the intentions of his faith community, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which some consider to be a cult-like fringe group of Protestant fundamentalism. After all, Jones' spiritual mentor Christopher Hudson, a.k.a. The Forerunner, has expressed some very extreme views on his website, The Forerunner Chronicles. (Watch this video of Hudson calling rapper Jay-Z a Freemason with ties to the devil.)
But actor Stephen Baldwin, who's been outspoken about his Christian faith, thinks that Jones' mistake was merely in the way he delivered his comments. "It's not just what you say, it's how you say it," said Baldwin on Good Morning America. "He's kind of … he didn't mean to sound the way he did, but I still think it's admirable that he's sticking up for what he believes in."
And given those beliefs, it's likely that Jones will leave the show when his contract runs out at the end of this season. In the meantime, starting in January, he's got several awkward moments ahead of him when he turns up for work!