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Mel Phones Jews -- "I'm Really Sorry"

8/24/2006 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel GibsonMel Gibson has decided to make good with the Jewish community, one Jew at a time.

TMZ has learned that Gibson has been calling entertainment industry honchos with whom he's worked in the past and apologizing for his anti-Semitic rant the morning of his DUI arrest.

Two of the people he called, who wish to remain anonymous, say Gibson told them that he wanted them to know that he was really sorry and he was working on his "problem." Gibson also said that he hoped he would be able to work with them again.

"...he wanted them to know that he was really sorry and he was working on his 'problem.'"

The two people who gave the debrief on Gibson's conversation to TMZ say that they were less than moved by the actor's apology. One said he was civil to Gibson but was unconvinced that Gibson has changed his stripes.

Gibson has declined offers to speak before larger groups. His publicist says the actor is consumed with his recovery at the moment and cannot deal with other matters until he gets his life under control.

It is unclear why Gibson began making the calls, however his rep has told TMZ that his client was in a recovery program, which includes a 12-step program to sobriety. Step #9 is making amends. If Gibson is on Step #9, he clearly is on the fast track.

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Amy    

First!!!!

2795 days ago
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kathryn    

I think people say what they "really" feel when they are drunk. He's backing up now. Jew Hater.

2795 days ago
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Lou    

TMZ = JEW CENTRAL

2795 days ago
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kathryn    

#4, what are you talking about? I'm not a jew.

2795 days ago
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ROBIN    

You people need to let it go! So what if he said what he actually feels or maybe he was just ranting in his drunken state. DO NOT tell me that the jewish community does not have their own opinions about other races and religions. Give me a break....do not be hipocritical for goodness sake!

2795 days ago
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Amy    

I never liked him to begin with......he stuck his own foot in his own mouth whether he meant it or not........

2795 days ago
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kathryn    

Everyone has a right to be racist. It's the American way to believe what you want. BUT, if your a celeb, and acting this way, be ready. When you make money off of the people you hate, don't expect them not to fight back. He's hidden this well, but the truth always prevails. Get a clue, he hates Jews. That might not be all.

2795 days ago
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Tom Cruise    

Hello. You've reached the Mel Gibson apology hot-line. To hear Mel say he's sorry for what he said about the Jews, press 1. To hear Mel give the same apology in Hebrew, press 2. If you work for the L.A. County Sheriff's Office and are female, press 3. If you're one of the people who paid good money to see The Patriot, press 4. To hear these choices again, press 5.

2795 days ago
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Wicked1    

Kathryn-SHUT UP! Your posts clearly show that you are the type of person who "jumps on the bandwagon". Yes, all of your posts...no matter what the subject.

2795 days ago
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Peter    

Kathryn sounds fat... and angry

2795 days ago
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Lisa    

Look, Mel doesn't need Hollywood. He made the "Passion" without them he can make other movies without them. He said he was sorry because he meant it, plain and simple.

He's trying to fix things, so give the man a break. Everyone who comments negatively about him is acting like they've never said anything bad about anyone. We all have and most of us have felt bad for what we said later on, Mel is no different.

A Devoted Mel Fan

2795 days ago
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kathryn    

gorgous & thin....:)

2795 days ago
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ROBIN    

yea he is a celeb but to tell you the truth...I really don't hear him whining about all the publicity this has caused him. He is being forthright and handling all of the criticism from the jewish community. I'm sure you (not a celeb) express your opinion all of the time.

2795 days ago
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Amy    

Bunch of angry bastards on here today huh Kathryn?

2795 days ago
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Curious    

Mel had too much to drink and did something stupid. The fact that he is Mel Gibson put him on the news. Most of us have done or said things we didn't mean when we were drinking. I say, give him a break. All is forgiven Mel.

2795 days ago
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