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During a recent interview to promote his new film, Mel Gibson called an entertainment reporter an "a--hole."

Gibson, who was making an early morning satellite interview with Chicago's WGN-TV to promote his new movie Edge of Darkness, began his exchange with entertainment reporter Dean Richards cordially. But things became tense when Richards asked the Academy award-winning actor, "Do you think the public will perceive you any differently after all that's been in the news about you?"

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"That's almost four years ago, dude," Gibson said. "I've done all the necessary mea culpas. Let's move on."

As Richards wrapped the uncomfortably awkward interview, Gibson curtly signed off saying "buh-bye." But before the satellite feed went off, Gibson can be heard muttering "a--hole" under his breath.

Gibson was arrested in July 2006 for a DUI, during which he let loose with an anti-Semitic rant.

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