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CBS CEO Les Moonves gets snarky over Angus T. Jones

CBS CEO Les Moonves addressed the controversy surrounding Angus T. Jones of "Two and a Half Men" at an industry breakfast hosted by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

"We took this boy [Jones] who started with us when he was eight years old, and it seems to be what happens with child stars over the course of time," Moonves said. "He's now making over $300,000 per week, which is not a bad salary for a 19-year-old kid, and he went on a religious channel and urged people not to watch the show because it was filth. By the way, he's still collecting his $300,000 per week."

Moonves was cagey about whether Jones still has a job. When asked if he was in the market for a new “half man,” Moonves replied, "We have other plans. I don't know what our status is with him.” He then joked, "After going through what we went through with Charlie Sheen, it's been a piece of cake." In a widely seen online video, Jones called the CBS sitcom "filth" and urged people not to watch it. Explaining that the show was in conflict with his religious beliefs, Jones said, “People will see us and be like, 'I can be a Christian and be on a show like ‘Two and a Half Men.' You can't. You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can't."

Jones later apologized. In a statement, he said, "Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on 'Two and a Half Men' with whom I have worked and over the past 10 years who have become an extension of my family."

Moonves, who is married to television personality Julie Chen, has a history of playing a strong hand when it comes to decisions around CBS, even though his position as CEO puts him far above such matters. "I'm very involved," Moonves said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal earlier this year. "It's probably sometimes overbearing and annoying, but I know what I'm talking about." It was Moonves who made the decision to re-cast the female lead in "The Big Bang Theory" after the pilot was shot. He thought the show would benefit from a "girl next door" type that the audience could relate to. Turns out he was right. The show is a ratings monster.

Should Moonves decide to give Jones his walking papers, the young actor can take comfort that his former costar Charlie Sheen has offered him a role on his new show, "Anger Management." Sheen told ABC News, "My former nephew is welcome at the Goodson Anger Management home anytime."

by Anonymousreply 2012/09/2012

Stench of the closet

by Anonymousreply 212/05/2012

Two and A Half Men needs to end.

by Anonymousreply 312/05/2012

2.5 men is utter garbage, but I'm not saying that through any religious lens, it's just not watchable at all.

by Anonymousreply 412/05/2012

Unfortunately, he can never say anything of value after having stuck his face between my legs.

by Anonymousreply 512/05/2012

Dear Les: Two and a Half Men isn't made by CBS, it's made by Warner Bros. So stop talking about it as if you created it.

Thank you.

by Anonymousreply 612/05/2012

When should I say, "But first"

Les?

by Anonymousreply 712/05/2012

[quote] "We took this boy [Jones] who started with us when he was eight years old

and ugly. He's still ugly. Why did they ever hire him?

[quote] Jones later apologized. In a statement, he said, "Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on 'Two and a Half Men' with whom I have worked and over the past 10 years who have become an extension of my family."

What he really means, is he is scared to be sued. And he should be. He should thank God every day because there are tens of thousands of other attractive talented people who don't and won't ever have the career he has. He's rich, filthy rich by pure luck

by Anonymousreply 812/05/2012

As you probably know Chuck Lorre always writes a little something for his splash card that flashes at the end of the show. Here's #401 from this week:

(#400 is also worth reading)

by Anonymousreply 912/05/2012

Those vanity cards are fun to read. Thanks, r9.

by Anonymousreply 1012/05/2012

"He's now making over $300,000 per week, which is not a bad salary for a 19-year-old kid, and he went on a religious channel and urged people not to watch the show because it was filth. By the way, he's still collecting his $300,000 per week."

I don't think he's making $300,000 per week. Isn't it $300,000 per episode?

by Anonymousreply 1112/05/2012

Never thought much of the show but Jones is an idiot. The highpoint of his future is to be answer in Trivial Pursuit.

by Anonymousreply 1212/05/2012

Angus T. Jones' career is officially over. He will never work again in Hollywood after this. Hope he's happy.

by Anonymousreply 1312/05/2012

When a series is in production, they generally shoot one episode per week, r11.

by Anonymousreply 1412/06/2012

But r14, there are 52 weeks in a year and they don't shoot 52 episodes. They probably only shoot about 30 episodes.

by Anonymousreply 1512/06/2012

R15, those working on a TV production don't shoot every week of the year. They do have time off. Most TV shows on broadcast produce between 22-24 episodes/season, or roughly about 22-24 weeks.

by Anonymousreply 1612/06/2012

[quote]Angus T. Jones' career is officially over. He will never work again in Hollywood after this.

I suspected this was the case even before the outburst.

by Anonymousreply 1712/06/2012

Premiering on the PTL network, The Angus Loves Jesus Show, starring Angus T. Jones. With special guest stars Kirk Cameron, Stephen Baldwin and Victoria Jackson.

by Anonymousreply 1812/07/2012

Two and a Half Men shoots three weeks on, one week off, and is supposed to do 22 episodes this season. Angus Jones was only contracted (guaranteed) to be in 15 of those 22 episodes, so he will be paid $300,000 x 15 episodes, which is 4.5 million for this season.

by Anonymousreply 1912/07/2012

Looks like they were writing him off the show anyway, sending his character to the Army, etc. He's no longer the stereotypical wisecracking sitcom tot he was hired to be.

Now he's a fugly, vengeful teen, striking out at the authority figures.

What a fool; he does not have the persona to graduate to major film work or anything. He won the childstar lottery but he's going to squander it all and end up like Dana Plato.

by Anonymousreply 2012/09/2012
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