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Angus T. Jones of 'Two and a Half Men': I Was 'Paid Hypocrite' (Video)

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 12:30 PM

By Alexandra Ward

Angus T. Jones, who spent nearly a decade playing Jake on "Two and a Half Men," is speaking out again and denouncing the CBS sitcom, saying he was a "paid hypocrite."

The 20-year-old actor and member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church first criticized the show in 2012 and now he's at it again in a new interview with Houston CBS affiliate KHOU.

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"It was difficult for me to be on the show and be part of something that was making light of topics in our world where there are really problems for a lot of people," Jones said, adding that his faith made it difficult for him to feel good about his work. "I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn't OK with it and I was still doing it."

Jones joined "Two and a Half Men" at its inception in 2003 and starred alongside Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, and later Ashton Kutcher for 10 seasons before leaving at the end of the 2012-2013 season.

In a November 2012 interview with the Christian group Forerunner Chronicles, Jones first addressed his moral dilemma with the program.

"Jake from 'Two and a Half Men' means nothing. He is a non-existent character," he said. "If you watch 'Two and a Half Men,' please stop watching 'Two and a Half Men.' I'm on 'Two and a Half Men' and I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth. People say it’s just entertainment. Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television, especially with what you watch ... You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that."

Now that he's out of the spotlight, Jones is attending school in Colorado and doing a lot of work with the World Harvest Outreach Church in Houston, according to KHOU.

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