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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."

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fairyonacid 5th-Dec-2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
blah blah blah
hypnology 5th-Dec-2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
He's now making over $300,000 per week, which is not a bad salary for a 19-year-old kid
When is making $300,000 at ANY age not a bad thing?
distant_lines 5th-Dec-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it would be a bad thing when you're Les Moonves.
crazyventures 5th-Dec-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure he was being sarcastic
sarahfer 5th-Dec-2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
Fuck I'm lucky if I make 300K in 10 years at my current rate :/
squishinator 5th-Dec-2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
omg i'd kill to make that much in a year.
or three years.
or fuck, even over like 6 years.
juliesaracen 5th-Dec-2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
sarcasm
crazyfirecrotch 5th-Dec-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
he's probably trying to be cool and edgy and think biting the hand that feeds him will substantiate some sort of validation he's looking for. teen angst is brutal. he can't be a special snowflake and get a prince albert or bad ass tattoo.
frankthesheep 5th-Dec-2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
I think "cool and edgy" are not the words to describe it. He joined a church that doesn't believe in sex before marriage and drinking...not exactly the trait of someone trying to be cool and edgy.
distant_lines 5th-Dec-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
And his mentor doesn't even believe in masturbation.
cinchona 5th-Dec-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
"I think "cool and edgy" are not the words to describe it. He joined a church that doesn't believe in sex before marriage and drinking...not exactly the trait of someone trying to be cool and edgy."

But in Hollywood? In 2012? It's possible he is trying to be cool and edgy.
distant_lines 5th-Dec-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Sounds like Les wants his ass fired.
iamglory 6th-Dec-2012 07:18 am (UTC)
Yeah...totally. This kid should have realized after Sheen...they can just change shit and no one will care.
starchain 5th-Dec-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
I would have fired him on the spot
iamglory 6th-Dec-2012 07:13 am (UTC)
Yep! Great episode in which his character dies in war and makes a political statement. OH WELL!
frankthesheep 5th-Dec-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
He was 8 when he joined the show,he is 19 now and developing opinions of his own. He went about it the wrong way, then again, maybe going about it like that was to embarrass them into firing him?
distant_lines 5th-Dec-2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
But he's not even standing up for his beliefs. He says you can't be a good Christian if you work on a show like that, yet he's still cashing his checks.
frankthesheep 5th-Dec-2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
see, I disagree. He worked for it, put up with Charlie Sheen. He deserves to keep it.
delicious_pocky 5th-Dec-2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
beliefs or non beliefs, he is under a multi-year contract. it's not like he can drop out the show whenever he feels like it.
lilo146 5th-Dec-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
who was the original female lead in big bang theory?
hypnology 5th-Dec-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it always Penny/Kaley Cuoco?
iamglory 6th-Dec-2012 07:20 am (UTC)
Do you just read the comments? Do you just read when things are put in bold for you?

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.

I just helped you.
hazel_belle 5th-Dec-2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
Apparently, this was the first unaired pilot but because of how brash she was and testing audiences reacted negatively to her... so they changed the character and voila we have Penny

http://wiki.the-big-bang-theory.com/wiki/Unaired_first_pilot
lacylaplante 5th-Dec-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
In place of Penny, they were joined by Katie, "a street-hardened, tough-as-nails woman with a vulnerable interior" played by Amanda Walsh.

wikipedia
lacylaplante 5th-Dec-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
dangit
snappple 5th-Dec-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
i actually pity him, people keep forgetting that he is a child star who was subjected to Charlies meltdowns and drunk behavior. At this point of his life hes probably lost and still searching for answer which makes it easier for cult churches to takeover his mind and thoughts. I cant believe that someone is getting fired for speaking about his beliefs(even though I dont agree with them). Yes, I know he said the show was filth but then again, he is 18 years old, someone who is easily manipulated and played with.
distant_lines 5th-Dec-2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
But he was encouraging people to not watch the show, which would put hundreds of people out of a job. He was advocating for others to lose their jobs.
snappple 5th-Dec-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Hes 18 years old, I imagine no one takes him seriously enough to boycott a show. Its his belief and his words are as influential as squirrel farts.
vonlisbon 5th-Dec-2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Honestly, HOLLER at his comments.

Bitch if you hate getting that paycheck, donate the entirety of it. Yes, you are under contract, but you have more than enough cash to break that contract at this point. Match your actions with your words or shut up.
theflyers 5th-Dec-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
I wonder if there's a way they can sue his ass for his remarks about his employer. I'd love to see them slap him down for his bullshit, I'm spiteful tho.
steph313 5th-Dec-2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
I don't think they'd have ground to sue him--because it's basically an opinion--but they could probably find a way to fire him. This is like bitching about your job on facebook while you're friends with your boss x 10.
theflyers 5th-Dec-2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
But he's turning people away from the brand, that's why I think it may have a case depending on his contract. It's not just like saying "my job sucks, my boss is a dick." LOL
aflaminghalo 6th-Dec-2012 01:05 am (UTC)
I think some contracts have loyalty clauses so they could get him for that (if his had it).
delicious_pocky 5th-Dec-2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
it would the worst possible PR for the show. they wouldn't be that stupid.
steph313 5th-Dec-2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
Moonves, who is married to television personality Julie Chen

Such relevant information.
twerkbitch 5th-Dec-2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
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

Do you honestly expect someone who was raised in the industry to be a well adjusted adult?

iamglory 6th-Dec-2012 07:23 am (UTC)
The woman who played(plays) Topanga is well adjusted.
mickeymouse 5th-Dec-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
eillah 5th-Dec-2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
yup, that was my first thought too
sad_1985 5th-Dec-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
Boy, you should never bite the hand that feeds you
delicious_pocky 5th-Dec-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
whatever, the kid obviously been brainwashed by the creepy cult. it's a sad situation all around, it's not as simple as "don't bite the hand that feeds you". besides, he obviously is stuck under a multi-year contract, it's not like he can drop out of the show whenever he feels like it. les sounds like a douche with his ~~snarky comments about this situation.
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