Whoopi Goldberg thinks longtime friend Mel Gibson is not a racist - he's just a "bonehead."
Despite Gibson's profanity-laced, racially charged tirade during a secretely taped phone conversation with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, Goldberg defended her friend on Monday's episode of "The View."
"I know Mel, and I know he's not a racist," she said. "I have had a long friendship with Mel. You can say he's being a bonehead, but I can't sit and say that he's a racist having spent time with him in my house with my kids."
Goldberg was quick to add, however, that she does not condone her pal's actions.
"I don't like what he's done," she said. "Make no mistake."
When co-host Joy Behar asked Goldberg if she thinks Gibson is anti-semitic, she replied, "I think he's an a--hole," quickly covering her mouth before the full word escaped her lips.
Goldberg also added that alcohol was to blame for Gibson's actions during his 2006 DUI arrest in which the actor made anti-semitic remarks to a police officer.
"Drunks say stupid stuff to people all the time ... because they're drunk, they're out of control, they're not thinking, they're idiotic," Goldberg said.
However, the talk show host doesn't think alcohol was responsible for Gibson's rant that was released Friday on RadarOnline.com.
In the audio recording, Gibson is heard exploding at his ex, who is also the mother of his 8-month-old daughter, Lucia.
"You look like a f---ing pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n----rs, it will be your fault," said Gibson, who also repeatedly referred to Grigorieva as a "w****," a "c--t" and a "b---h" in the tapes.
After a string of vile epithets, Gibson tells Grigorieva, "I don't trust you. I don't love you. I don't want you ... And I will take care of my child but I don't want you anymore."
"This rant?" Goldberg said. "I don't think he's drunk on this rant."
More of Gibson's hurtful words can be heard in another taped recording that was released Monday on Radar. The actor not only admits to hitting Grigorieva, he also threatens her life – twice.
"I'll put you in a f---ing rose garden you c--t! You understand that? Because I'm capable of it. You understand that?" he rantsed.
Gibson, 54, and Grigorieva, 40, filed dueling restraining orders against each other last month, and police are now investigating the dispute
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