Looks like Angus T. Jones won’t have to endure that inevitable awkward moment on the set of Two And A Half Men until after the New Year. And it isn’t the teen actor’s recent video tirade against the “filth” of his CBS sitcom and TV in general keeping him off the show, but rather the schedule: Two And A Half Men only has two more episodes to shoot before it breaks for the holidays, and Jones isn’t appearing in either one. If the timing seems a little too convenient following Jones’ faith-based lambasting of Men, it is pure coincidence, a source says, as both episodes were written before Jones began urging viewers to not watch the show. With Jones’ Jake Harper character now in the Army, the actor hasn’t been appearing in every episode this year, and when he does, it is sometimes only briefly.

Jones, like co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer, has no contract for the series beyond this year, which is Men’s 10th season. The 19-year-old currently pulls in more than $300,000 an episode on the series, which already has endured one star controversy with Charlie Sheen’s public departure from the show last year. (Sheen today reacted to his former co-star’s tirade, telling People magazine: “With Angus’s Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed.”) CBS and Warner Bros TV, which produces Two And A Half Men, had no comment on Jones or his work schedule.

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