Though CBS has renewed Two and a Half Men for an eleventh season, only Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher have signed on to return, reports CNN. Where is the half of a man, Angus T. Jones?
Since joining the show in 2003, Jones is no longer half of a man. At the age of 19, he publicly said in a YouTube clip last November, “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.” Though he apologized for his statements, the conflict with his Christian faith seems like it may be the root of his absence from the eleventh season. According to Entertainment Weekly, Jones may sign on for a recurring role rather than being a series regular.
Several months after Jones’s public criticism of the show, it was said that he had started to make amends. CBS president Nina Tassler remarked in January, “The kid’s 19 years old,” Tassler said at the time.”I’ve got a 24 year old. Between the ages of 19 and 24 there’s been plenty of things my kid has come out and said that I wish he hadn’t but the bottom line is cooler heads prevailed.” She went on to say that, “[Jones has] been a beloved member of that cast for years and years and he issued a public apology. At the end of the day, they want him back and he wants to come back and that’s it.”
It seems that there may be no hard feelings towards the Jones, but this does not mean that he will be back as a regular. The show has already undergone one character change with the swap of Charlie Sheen for Ashton Kutcher’s character Walden Schmidt who acted as the replacement after Charlie’s death. It will be interesting to see if the show can handle another large change in the core cast.