Angus T. Jones' shocking remarks, in which he denounces Two and a Half Men as "filth," has people close to him deeply concerned about his well-being.
A source close to the situation tells E! News that both Jones' mom, Carey, and those who work with him on his CBS sitcom want to make sure the 19-year-old actor hasn't been "brainwashed" by his new church.
In the 15-minute interview posted on YouTube by Forerunner Chronicles—an Alabama-based church that's part of the Seventh-day Adventist movement—he tells fans not to watch the hit comedy he's acted in since he was 10.
"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," the thesp says in the testimonial. "Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth."
Jones had been going to a Christian school but it was only recently that he got involved in his new church, which is led by a man named Christopher Hudson, who has espoused controversial views about President Barack Obama and bought into the conspiracy theory that celebrities like Jay-Z are connected with the Illuminati.
Hudson tells E! News that the video was filmed last week in Los Angeles in Jones' trailer and the duo met through a common acquaintance. Hudson says Jones and the acquaintance were sharing many of Hudson's YouTube videos and thought it would be good for Hudson and Jones to meet.
But according to our source, Jones' involvement with Hudson has set off alarms with those close to him. "His mom is really worried and in contact with the producers of the show. The main concern is that he is going to give away all his money to the church," the insider explains.
"It's like he's been brainwashed. Everyone is shocked and very concerned."
Hudson, however, claims the worry is unfounded.
"I've only known Angus for a short period of time now, but the time that I got to spend with him in our conversation, the type of individual he is, this young man is very intelligent, pensive individual," he tells us. "He is not the mirror of other men's thoughts. He is one that can think and do for himself and that impressed me because I didn't think I would see that in a young man in his position. Angus is speaking from his heart, his experience, his search and his understanding."
Jones himself has remained silent since yesterday's bombshell but is expected to release a statement shortly. There has been no comment from show producers; however, E! News has learned that executives are scrambling to figure out how to handle the situation. Jones, whose character has had a diminished presence on Men this season (he's away in the military), is not due on the set until after the holiday break. His contract expires in May, at the end of the current season.