The star was promoting his new movie Deck the Halls on the show, and admitted he hadn’t been to bed the night before.
DeVito then cursed his seventh limoncello (a lemon liqueur) from the previous evening and launched into a boozy rant against President George W. Bush, much of which was bleeped out by network censors.
The former Taxi star also revealed he and his wife Rhea Perlman made sure to “utilize every surface available” in the famous Lincoln Bedroom when they stayed at the White House as overnight guests of former President Clinton.
The show’s co-hosts, Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar, seemed to be amused by DeVito‘s antics, while Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a staunch Republican, tried gamely to switch the conversation to non-political topics, but failed as DeVito continued on his political tirade.
The show’s creator, veteran newswoman Barbara Walters, appeared visibly uncomfortable as the interview progressed.
DeVito‘s representative, Stan Rosenfield, tells entertainment Web site TMZ.com his client has requested Walters’ phone number and that he would say “what needed to be said privately” to her.
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