No Such Thing as ‘Bad PR’: Fox Chief Compares Angus T. Jones’ Comments to Nicki Minaj’s Latest ‘Idol’ Feud

29 Nov

Fox Chief Compares Angus T. Jones’ Comments to Nicki Minaj’s Latest ‘Idol’ Feud

3:24 PM PST 11/28/2012 by Alex Ben Block
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Angus T. Jones and Nicki Minaj

“It’s part of the world we live in,” network entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told a Wednesday crowd. “You want stars to represent themselves, but sometimes they freestyle a little bit.”

Fox Broadcasting entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly put in his two cents on Two and a Half Men‘s latest public woe, star Angus T. Jones condemning it as filth. And while he and his fellow panelists at Wednesday’s HRTS newsmaker luncheon noted that the actor’s remarks could hurt the show, they also thought it might help it.

“It’s part of the world we live in,” said Reilly, drawing comparison to American Idol judge Nicki Minaj’s public feud with series alum Steven Tyler. “You want stars to represent themselves, but sometimes they freestyle a little bit.”

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In the case of American Idol, Reilly said he thinks news is ultimately “going to be good for [the network]” because of the publicity it generates and the interest it raises in the new season that starts in January.

“There’s a point where it can get out of control,” he added, turning back to Two and a Half Men. “[That] is where the PR people come in and tell Angus to apologize in a statement.”

Peter Benedek, co-founder of the UTA talent agency, piped in that he would bet it is Jones’ agent who is suffering the most from this, calling him “the most tortured individual of all.”

“Yes, there is an apology, and yes, you hope it moves through the news cycle as fast as possible,” said Benedek. “But there is somebody with a thing in his ear telling the client: ‘Yes, you are right. Of course I agree with your position.’ ”

Katherine Pope, president of television for Chernin Entertainment, said with a shrug that it depends on the talent’s work ethic. “Are they showing up for work?” she asked. “Everybody now has an outlet to express everything at any given moment, and that may change. … (But) if the work isn’t impacted, everybody has their moments, and you let it pass.”

What are you going to do, joked Reilly, “get a new ‘half man’ on the show?”


Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “No Such Thing as ‘Bad PR’: Fox Chief Compares Angus T. Jones’ Comments to Nicki Minaj’s Latest ‘Idol’ Feud

  1. mr25straight

    November 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I was aware of the Angus T. Jones comment of calling it filth. I do have to say that it was kind of taken out of context. He was on religious YouTube channel or a church website. For one thing, the crazy church goers would be considered it filth. The notion of sex sells is too true to ignore. Two and Half Men was created around the idea of the playboy uncle and with that comes sex, drugs, and rock and roll. There is no doubt that the show is inappropriate, but it can’t be filth to the general public or it wouldn’t have lasted this long or through the Charlie Sheen melt down! Now with the show back in the spotlight more people will watch it at least once to see what it is about thus gaining interest of the show and possibly gaining long term viewers .

  2. safona

    December 3, 2012 at 4:44 am

    IT DEPENDS on what your main goal is. If all attention is good attention to you, then there’s no problem. However, if your main goal is to attract ‘positive’ attention, you may decide to be a little more discriminating with your words/actions. Similarly to the child who is neglected at home-if they do not recieve positive attention, they may resort to trying to attract negative attention. It is sad when that is what you’ll reduce yourself to simply to be shown some attention. Sad but true.

  3. baconftwlolz

    December 14, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Well my opinion stands with Mr. Kevin Reilly’s in that this sort of thing is just going to happen. It is one mans opinion, just because he doesn’t like the show does not mean that it’s ratings are going to tank now or even be very affected negatively. I might not watch the show but I know enough to know that 2 and a half men has a pretty considerable fan base and I doubt this guy’s comments are going to change that. If anything it will attract more viewers simply by association.


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