Jesse Watters scored an interview with famed actor and director Mel Gibson for his Primetime show. But his ‘handler’ abruptly ended the interview after Watters asked him about the now-infamous incident at the Oscars when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock. Watch:
“I was wondering if you had been the one that jumped up out of his seat and slapped Chris Rock,” Watters said toward the end of the interview, “if you would’ve been treated the same way, Mel.”
Gibson then ‘lost it’ and started laughing hysterically. Then a disembodied voice from off-camera spoke up to abruptly close the interview.
“Hello, Jessie?” she said. “Thank you. That’s our time.”
“Have you ever thought about that?” Watters pressed.
“Umm… thank you, Jessie,” said the female voice. “That is our time.”
“Well, Mel, thank you very much for joining Jesse Watters Primetime. We really appreciate it,” he closed.
Gibson was arrested in 2006 after he was found driving his Lexus along the Pacific coast highway while purportedly drunk. A bottle of tequila in a brown paper bag was found on the floor of the car. He was booked on ‘suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol’ and released on $5,000 bail.
The Hollywood star became embroiled in a major controversy over his anti-Semitic remarks caught on audio, in which he said “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” He subsequently apologized for his remarks, but has had a long road back to becoming accepted again in ‘polite society.’
Will Smith infamously slapped Chris Smith at the 94th Academy Awards last Sunday over a seemingly inocuous “GI Jane’ joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith subsequently issued an apology for his behavior.
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” said Smith’s statement. “My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,” he added. “I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
Smith also apologized to the Academy and others involved in the Oscars’ production. However, Will Smith would later resigne from the Academy of Motion Pictures.
Mel Gibson knows a little something about being cast as a ‘pariah’ in Hollywood. But as Watters’ interview shows, at least he is brave enough to face the heat, even if his publicists aren’t.
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