Entertainment behind the scenes
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The art of the come-back should never be underestimated — especially if you’re Mel Gibson.
Gibson, back on the big screen after an eight-year absence, is having a tough time fielding the inevitable questions about his infamous drunken anti-Semitic outburst in 2006.
After keeping a mostly low, public profile since that arrest, the “Mad Max” star has been on the media circuit promoting his new kidnap thriller “Edge of Darkness” — and trying to keep a smile on his face.
But the facade cracked in an interview with Chicago TV station WGN when Gibson ended an uncomfortable chat with reporter Dean Richards by calling him an “asshole” as he signed off, apparently not realizing his microphone was still on.
The married “Late Show” host’s revelation that he had sex with female staff members from his show, and that he worked with authorities to have an alleged blackmail culprit arrested, places Letterman in the odd position of having apparently vanquished a social parasite, but at the same time having his dirty laundry uncovered in the process.
Certainly, the audience was on his side during Letterman’s 10-minute exposition of what he first described as a “little story” he wanted to tell them. The audience clapped and laughed at even the most awkward moments of his tale, such as when he admitted to, as he put it, the “creepy” detail from his life at the heart of the alleged extortion plot, namely that he had sex with women who work on his show.