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December 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Les Moonves

Call it the “child-star syndrome.” Well, that’s not what CBS chief Les Moonves called it, but during an investors conference in New York on Tuesday, Moonves for the first time discussed the behavior of Angus T. Jones, who plays the “Half” in CBS’s Two and a Half Men and who recently filmed a testimonial for the Christian fundamentalist video website Forerunner Chronicles in which he called the show filth, urged people not to watch it, and said that he wanted to drop out. “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.” Notwithstanding Jones’s apology to the cast and crew (in which he did not withdraw his earlier remarks), Moonves seemed clearly irked by Jones’s denunciation of his own show. “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.” But Moonves seemed to imply that he won’t be collecting that paycheck when the next season comes around. “Other plans,” he said are in the works. Unlike Charlie Sheen, Jones is not a major factor in the show’s ratings. “After going through what we went through with Charlie Sheen, this is a piece of cake,” he said.