- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Gibson: My bad

Mel Gibson calls his anti-Semitic rant following his arrest for drunken driving in July “the stupid ramblings of a drunkard.”

In an interview with Diane Sawyer set to air today and tomorrow on “Good Morning America” (7 to 9 a.m. on WJLA ABC-7) Mr. Gibson says that although staying sober is a struggle, he hasn’t had a drink in 65 days. He adds that he plans to continue making movies and working to heal himself and those he offended.

“All you can do is take another step, keep breathing,” he says, according to a partial transcript of the interview released by ABC.

Clean shaven and casually dressed in jeans and a blue checkered shirt, Mr. Gibson tells Miss Sawyer he began drinking two months before sheriff’s deputies arrested him in Malibu on July 28.

The interview marks the first time the star has spoken to the media since sparking a scandal by unleashing what he later called “vitriolic and harmful words” during his arrest. He reportedly told the arresting officer, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” and asked him, “Are you a Jew?”

“The last thing I want to be is that kind of monster,” Mr. Gibson, 50, tells Miss Sawyer in the interview. He also says that he knows some people in Hollywood will refuse to work with him because of those statements.

“I feel sad because they’ve obviously been hurt and frightened and offended enough to feel that they have to do that,” he says.

Mr. Gibson pleaded no contest to charges of drunken driving on Aug. 17 under a deal in which he will serve three years’ probation, pay a fine and attend alcohol rehabilitation classes. He also volunteered to make a public-service announcement about the hazards of drinking and driving.

Lending his voice

The man who fell to Earth will now live in a pineapple under the sea.

Rock star David Bowie will add his voice to a cartoon, playing a guest character called Lord Royal Highness on Nickelodeon’s popular “SpongeBob SquarePants” in a show that will air next year, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Bowie, 59, said his 6-year-old daughter, Alexandria Zahra, is a huge SpongeBob fan and they watch the show together. He wrote in his blog that he has “hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs.”

“We, the family, are thrilled. Nothing else need happen this year, well, this week anyway,” Mr. Bowie said.

Office reality

You may find that cubicle mate who won’t stop singing in your office annoying, but CBS thinks the whole country wants to listen.

The network is working on a new reality project called “The Singing Office,” Cynopsis magazine reports.

The concept: A merry band of producers surprises two sets of employees — real people in their real offices — and gets them to sing. The best groups are flown to Hollywood, where they will be coached on their singing and dancing. They will then compete against each other, and viewers will choose the best singing office.

“Growing Pains” dad Alan Thicke has been signed to host.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse, Kelly Jane Torrance and Christian Toto from Web and wire reports

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