“If you watch ‘Two and a Half Men,’ please stop watching. I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men,’ and I don’t want to be on it…please stop filling your head with filth,” Jones said in an interview with the Christian org Forerunner Chronicles, which on Monday posted the Q&A with Forerunner Chronicles head Chris Hudson on YouTube.
Warner Bros. and CBS declined comment.
The 19-year-old thesp has played Jake Harper on the Warner Bros. TV sitcom since its debut in 2003.
Before he turned 18 in 2011, Jones ranked as the highest-paid child actor on TV, banking a six-figure per episode salary for the show.
The YouTube interview marks the first time Jones has publicly spoken out against the skein, though comments made at his church, Valley Crossroads Seventh-day Adventist, in October foreshadowed the Forerunner interview.
“I’ve been in Christian school all my life,” Jones said, noting that he dove into Bible study earlier this year. “It’s weird to me that because I was on a TV show that my Testimony means more. I just have to say, I’m a normal human. It’s weird being on a TV show especially now that I’m trying to walk with God…my television show doesn’t have anything to do with God and doesn’t want anything to do with God. I’m under contract for another year so it’s not too much of a decision on my part.”
Jones’ comments come nearly two years after former “Men” star Charlie Sheen went on a verbal rampage against the series and co-creator Chuck Lorre, which ultimately led to his firing in 2011.
In the interview with Forerunner Chronicles, Jones indicates his growing discomfort with the nature of the show, known for its risque humor.
“Do some research on the effects of television and the brain and I promise you, you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to…what you watch on television. It’s bad news,” he said. “People say it’s just entertainment,” Jones continued, while mentioning that the “enemy” is often “deceptive” and that he “doesn’t want to contribute to the enemy’s plan.”
Jones also asserted that “you cannot be a true, God-fearing (Christian) and be on a television show like (‘Men’). I know I can’t.”
At the end of the interview, Hudson mentioned that Jones has “taken a stand” and “walked away from it.” Whether “it” refers to Jones’ role on “Men” was not immediately clear.