Is "Two and a Half Men" about to lose half a man?
Nineteen-year-old Angus T. Jones, who plays Jake on the show, says in a videotaped testimonial for the religious website the Forerunner Chronicles that he doesn't want to be on the program, and that he considers the risque CBS sitcom to be "filthy."
Take his comments with a grain of salt, because the website feels like the stuff of satire: It is headed by a figure called "The Forerunner" who claims that rappers including Jay-Z and A$AP Rocky support Satanism and the occult with their music.
But Jones gives no indication in the video that he is kidding.
“If you watch 'Two and a Half Men,' please stop watching 'Two and a Half Men,'" he says. "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. Please.”
Story continues after the video, with the "Two and a Half Men" comments beginning around the 7:30 mark:
"Do some research on the effect of television on your brain," Jones adds. "It's bad news."
Later he adds: "You can not be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can't. I'm not okay with what I'm learning — what the Bible says — and being on that television show."
Warner Bros., which produces the show, declined to comment. CBS and a rep for Jones did not immediately respond to requests for comment from TheWrap.
Jones' remarks come as the show is in its second season since the meltdown and firing of star Charlie Sheen, who was replaced by Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher and Jon Cryer are the two men to the half man played by Jones.
Jones is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church. The religion is best known for observing the Sabbath on Saturday rather than Sunday.
Early in the Forerunner video, Jones describes how he found a new church by seeking a spiritual home "with an all-black congregation."
"I guess you could say I was looking for like a black gospel theme because I like black people," Jones says. "I'm not afraid to say it."
He explains to The Forerunner, who sits beside him in the video and is African-American, that he uses the term "black" rather than "African-American" because he has a black friend who prefers the term black.
"Black people rock," he adds.
"You're good, don't worry about it," says The Forerunner.
Anyone flashing back to Joaquin Phoenix's fake meltdown?
Jones has made other public statements, however, that suggest his beliefs are sincere. He spoke before an Adventist group last month about his faith, his parents' divorce, and remaining a virgin.
Watch the Forerunner's video about Jay-Z: