LOS ANGELES – A Hollywood powerbroker called for a showbiz “shunning” of Mel Gibson over his crude anti-Jewish remarks, while TV doyenne Barbara Walters and her crew roasted the trash-talking star on “The View” Monday.

Mel Gibson said Tuesday he is not a bigot and he apologized to “everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words” he used when he was arrested for investigation of drunken driving.

“Hatred of any kind goes against my faith,” he said in a statement released through publicist Alan Nierob.

“I’m not just asking for forgiveness,” Gibson said. “I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one-on-one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing.”

Meanwhile, the deputy who busted Gibson for allegedly driving drunk said he feels bad about the damage to the actor’s reputation. And Gibson’s rep confirmed the 50-year-old Oscar winner is seeking treatment for alcohol abuse.

“He has entered into an ongoing program of recovery,” publicist Alan Nierob told CNN. He would not give further information.

The announcement came amid more fallout from the actor-director’s slur- and swear-laced tirade during his arrest early Friday in Malibu, Calif.

“The Passion of the Christ” director, who allegedly had an open bottle of Cazadores tequila in his Lexus when cops nabbed him on the Pacific Coast Highway, launched into an ugly rant that included: “F—–g Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” according to the arresting officer’s report.

That officer, L.A. County Deputy James Mee, told The Associated Press that it was a routine arrest, and he didn’t take seriously any comments that Gibson made.

“I don’t take pride in hurting Mr. Gibson,” said Mee, a 17-year deputy, who is Jewish. “What I had hoped out of this is that he would think twice before he gets behind the wheel of a car and was drinking.”

“I don’t want to ruin his career,” Mee added. “I don’t want to defame him in any way or hurt him.”

The damage to Gibson’s career could be considerable. A-list talent rep Ari Emanuel, a co-founder of the top-tier Endeavor agency, set Tinseltown tongues wagging with his bold call to action on The Huffington Post blog.

“The entertainment industry can’t stand idly by and allow Mel Gibson to get away with such tragically inflammatory statements,” Emanuel wrote.

“People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or gentile, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him,” said Emanuel.

Walters let loose on her ABC morning talk fest. “I don’t think I want to see any more Mel Gibson movies,” she said, to wild applause from the audience.

“The View” co-host Joy Behar jumped in. “The world is so dangerous between what’s going on in the Middle East right now, and for this idiot to come out and say things. … Of course, he’s a drunk and that brings it out of him,” she said.

Gibson issued an apology Saturday, admitting he said “things I do not believe to be true and which are despicable” – but he did not specifically apologize for the anti-Semitic remarks.

The “Lethal Weapon” star has been dogged by – and staunchly denied – allegations of anti-Semitism since his dim portrayal of Jews in his 2004 film about the crucifixion of Jesus.

Meanwhile, a civilian oversight board began investigating whether the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department gave special treatment to Gibson, who previously made a $10,000 donation to the family of a slain deputy and has appeared in public service announcements for the department dressed in a deputy’s uniform.



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