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O'Donnell defends 'drunk' DeVito
Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito appeared on television with slurred speech
Comedian Rosie O'Donnell has defended actor Danny DeVito who appeared on her US TV show apparently drunk.

"Danny DeVito is not an alcoholic," said O'Donnell, who co-hosts morning talk show The View, "He's just a guy who had too many with his friend."

DeVito mocked President George W Bush during the show, and admitted enjoying a late night out with George Clooney.

"I knew it was the last seven limoncellos that was going to get me," said the 62-year-old actor.

DeVito was on the show to promote his new Christmas comedy Deck the Halls.

When asked if he had managed to get any sleep before appearing, DeVito said: "I don't know."

'Fun drunk'

At one stage DeVito started telling a long-winded story about how he and his wife, actress, Rhea Perlman spent an amorous night in the White House.

"We went in and made it our business to really wreck the joint," he said.

The day after DeVito's appearance, co-host Joy Behar described him as being "drunk as a skunk".

But Elisabeth Hasselbeck, another co-host said: "he was a fun drunk."

US anchorwoman Barbara Walters said DeVito would still be welcome on The View.

"We love him, we'll have him on again," she said on air.

She added that DeVito had left a message for her almost immediately after his appearance but that she had not yet spoken to him.

DeVito's spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, told The Associated Press that he would comment after speaking to the actor.


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