Sawyer Conducts Tough Interview With Gibson
Diane Sawyer, noted for her ability to land big "gets" on ABC's Primetime magazine show by purportedly assuring them of kid-glove treatment, has conducted a tough interview with Mel Gibson for Good Morning America, according to L.A. Weekly columnist Nikki Finke. Finke cited a "Gibson insider" as saying that the actor agreed to be interviewed by Sawyer "because she'd be the hardest on him, yet she'd be fair. He needed someone who'd hit him hard. But she was f****** harder on him than I could imagine. I was cringing." At one point in the interview Sawyer asks Gibson what he thought about people in Hollywood who are urging others to refuse to work with him (because of the anti-Semitic remarks he made after he was arrested last July). He replies, "I feel sad because they've obviously been hurt and frightened and offended enough to feel that they have to do that. ... There's nothing I can do about that." Later he remarks, "What I need to do to heal myself and to be assuring and allay the fears of others and to heal them if they had any heart wounds from something I may have said. ... This is the last thing I want to be is that kind of monster." The interview is set to air on Thursday and Friday on Good Morning America. Strikingly, ABC has announced no plans to air it during primetime.