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Former “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones surprised viewers in November 2012 when he announced that he had embraced Christianity and was struggling with the starring television role he had played for nearly a decade.
Now, he’s speaking out about his faith and explaining why he eventually left the comedy behind, calling himself a “paid hypocrite” for continuing to work on the show even though he wasn’t comfortable with its content.
Jones, who played the character Jake Harper in the sitcom, was still an active “Two and a Half Men” cast member when he called the program “filth” and announced that he no longer wanted to be a part of it. He ended up apologizing over his comments, though he later left the cast in 2013.
One year after exiting, Jones is going to school in Colorado and speaking to church audiences about his experience getting closer to God and leaving Hollywood.
In an interview with Houston’s KHOU-TV, Jones expounded upon his career and the very public comments he made about “Two and a Half Men” that landed him in hot water and in the headlines.
“And it was making light of topics in our world that are really problems for a lot of people and I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn’t okay with it, but I was still doing it,” he said of the show.
Jones added, “I really want to be able to come into the light, and because I know that’s where genuine healing is. And I’ve just seen God do amazing things.”
The actor said that, though he isn’t opposed to performing in faith-based projects in the future, his time away from the entertainment industry has offered up some perspective about his journey thus far.
As far as his controversial comments in November 2012, Jones added that he does have some regrets about how he handled the issue, mainly his critique of show creator Chuck Lorre.
“That’s his like baby and I just totally insulted his baby and to that degree I am apologetic but otherwise I don’t regret saying what I said,” the actor told KHOU-TV.
As TheBlaze previously reported, it was in a video testimony of his faith that Jones publicly critiqued “Two and a Half Men,” pleading with viewers not to watch the show.
“‘Two and a Half Men’ — if you watch ‘Two and a Half Men,’ please stop watching [it]…I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men’; I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth,” he said at the time.
Jones continued, “Please — it’s, you know, people say it’s just ‘entertainment.’ The fact that it’s entertainment — do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make … it’s bad news.”
Watch that testimony below:
Jones spoke to parishioners at World Harvest Outreach Church in Houston, Texas, Saturday, describing his journey and his faith. He plans to continue visiting churches across the U.S.