A few days ago actor Mel Gibson appeared via satellite link on a show in the USA hosted by entertainment reporter Dean Richards. The reporter started to grill Gibson on his past about his drinking problem and his anti-Semitic rant that occurred four years ago. Even though he appeared angry Gibson still answered the questions and then told Richards that he should move on as these things occurred many years ago and he has moved on himself.
The reporter drew the interview to a close by announcing the opening date for Gibson’s new film Edge of Darkness. After angrily swishing around a cup of coffee Gibson said goodbye to the reporter followed by a brief pause, and then he said “a**hole”.
Mel Gibson’s publicist, Alan Nierob, has come out and said that Mel was not making the remark to Richards, but rather to him as he had been making faces off camera at Gibson during the interview.
I don’t believe that for a second, but I side with Gibson. I think that the interviewer had it coming to him as he was dipping into things that were irrelevant. That would be like taking former US President Bill Clinton and putting him on a talkshow and asking him, “are you afraid people will view you differently now after your affair with Monica Lewinsky?” It’s old news and its in the past! Forget about it! It’s over. I think Gibson did the right thing and I’m glad he said it. Maybe this interviewer will be a little wiser the next time around should there be one.