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Whoopi Goldberg: Mel Gibson is not a racist

July 12, 2010 |  3:27 pm

Comedian and "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg declared that Mel Gibson is not a racist, as she and the rest of the daytime panel on Monday discussed recently released tapes allegedly featuring the actor -- including one in which a racial slur is used.

Whoopi-goldberg "I know Mel, and I know he's not a racist," Goldberg said. "He may be a bonehead."

Joy Behar was not of the same mind (check out their debate by clicking on the video above).

"Give me a break, you're an anti-Semite, you're a misogynist, and you're a racist!" Behar said of Gibson, referencing the audio tapes and the remarks Gibson made during a 2006 arrest for DUI.

"I can't sit and say that he's a racist," Goldberg said, "having spent time with him in my house with my kids."

What do you think Whoopi's remarks mean for Mel? Tell us in the comments section below.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Whoopi Goldberg on May 19, 2010, at the White House. Credit: Joshua Roberts / Reuters

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