Hosting the morning US chat show The View, Whoopi went against the opinion of her co-hosts, insisting, "I don't like what he did here. But, I know Mel and I know he's not a racist.
"You can say he's being a bonehead but I can't sit and say that he's a racist having spent time with him in my house with my kids.
"I can't say it and so I really just need to say that. I don't like what he's done. Make no mistake."
She added: "Drunks say stupid stuff to people all the time because they're drunk. They're out of control."
On the following day's show, the debate continued with Whoopi this time questioning Oksana Grigorieva's motives in taping the conversations between her and Mel, rather than just going to the police.
"If somebody's kicking your behind and punching you in the face while you're holding your kid, you don't go to the cops first? You go to f—king Radar Online?" said a sceptical Whoopi.
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