The confirmation was brief and to the point. You might even describe it as terse, since Ashton Kutcher didn’t dwell on the subject when Jay Leno asked him about the status of Angus T. Jones on “Two and a Half Men.”
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But Kutcher and Leno talked briefly about "Two and a Half Men" too - which is due to start production on its 11th season next month. Leno got right to the point: "What's with Angus? Is he on now?" he asked Kutcher.
"No, he's not going to be on this season," answered Ashton, who did not elaborate further on the young co-star and "Half" man of the show's title who apparently sabotaged his own status on the long-running CBS sitcom when he bad-mouthed the show last season. Among other things, he described the show in an interview as "filth," and advised people not to watch it.
Nor did Kutcher offer any details about how the show might be reconfigured this coming season without Jones. “We have some pretty awesome surprises,” he said, adding, “So surprising [that] I don’t even know what they are!”
Among the rumors recently: A new young female character will be introduced who will turn out to be a long-lost daughter of the late Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) and therefore the niece of Alan (Jon Cryer). One report even said the character would be a lesbian.
Kutcher's comment on Jones - brief as it was - seemed to be the first public confirmation by anyone on the show that Jones is out, although it's been rumored and reported for a while now. While some of the stories have suggested that the Jones character would be reduced to "recurring" status, appearing only occasionally this season, Kutcher indicated that Jones is simply off the show completely, and that's that.
Meanwhile, we expected the second guest on “The Tonight Show,” Jayma Mays, to talk about her tragic co-star on “Glee,” Cory Monteith, who died suddenly earlier this month. But Leno never raised the subject of Monteith with Mays, who came on the show to talk about her new “Smurf” movie. Omitting Monteith from the interview agenda for this guest was unfortunate because some viewers likely tuned in to see what she had to say about her co-star. Maybe she just wasn’t comfortable talking about his death.