Les Moonves broke his silence on the Angus T. Jones "Two And A Half Men" controversy Tuesday in an interview with the "Wall Street Journal." The CBS Corp. president and CEO reflected on Jones' inflammatory video "testimonial" with the religious organization Forerunner Chronicles and joked that after Charlie Sheen's meltdown, this latest fiasco was "a piece of cake."
"I don't know what our status is with him," Moonves began in the video above. "We took this boy who started with us when he was eight years old, and it seemed to be what happens with child stars over the course of time. He's now making $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 a week," Moonves quipped.
When asked if the network had plans to find another "half man," Moonves replied, "We have other plans. I don't think it's quite been resolved, but after going through what we went through with Charlie Sheen, this is a piece of cake."
While Jones' status on "Two And A Half Men" remains unresolved for the moment, EW reported that Jones could be in breach of contract for violating the non-disparagement clause most TV actors have in their contracts. The more likely scenario is that Jones' character Jake Harper will simply be written off the show. A source told E! News that Jones is "unlikely" to return as a series regular if "Two And A Half Men" is renewed for an eleventh season.