Mel Gibson loses his cool, calls reporter ‘a**hole’ on live TV (video)
Appearing on an interview for a segment promoting his new film Edge of Darkness (his first starring role in more than 7 years) with reporter Dean Richards of Chicago’s WGN-TV, Mel Gibson made yet another “lip slip”.
Seemingly an automatic question for a reporter, Richards asked the Brave Heart director if he felt like he was “a different person, a better person,” than he was four or five years ago, noting that the actor has “had a lot of ups and downs” since then. Noticeably agitated, Gibson responded, “That’s been almost four years dude, I’ve moved on. But I guess you haven’t.”
On July 28, 2006, the actor/director was arrested for DUI while speeding in his vehicle with an open container of alcohol. He admitted to making anti-Semitic remarks during his arrest and apologized for his “despicable” behavior, saying the comments were “blurted out in a moment of insanity”
Wrapping up the interview, Richards did his standard thank-you-for-coming. Gibson, unaware that his microphone was still on, lashed out a loud “a–hole” with his thumbs up.
Soon after the video has gone like wild fire, Mel’s publicist Alan Nierob made a statement that the Hollywood star was not aiming at Richards but rather at Nierob himself who was at the interview “pulling of his face”.