The ladies of “The View” are laughing off Danny DeVito’s loopy behavior during his appearance on the ABC daytime talk show.
“Danny DeVito is not an alcoholic,” co-host Rosie O’Donnell said Thursday. “He’s just a guy who had too many with his friend.”
“You know, we love him,” said co-host Barbara Walters. “We’ll have him on again ... better sober than not.”
On Wednesday’s show, the 62-year-old actor-director admitted he’d had a late night out with George Clooney and said, “I knew it was the last seven limoncellos that was going to get me.”
When asked if he had slept, DeVito replied, “I don’t know.”
DeVito, who was promoting his new Christmas comedy, “Deck the Halls,” slurred his speech slightly and told a long-winded story about spending an amorous night in the White House’s Lincoln bedroom — circa the Clinton era — with his wife, actress Rhea Perlman.
“We went in and made it our business to really wreck the joint,” he said.
His words were bleeped out after he apparently used some bad language when joking about President Bush, whom he had imitated as a monkey and one of the Three Stooges. He later sat on O’Donnell’s lap, and she kissed him on the cheek.
Co-host Joy Behar said Thursday that DeVito was “drunk as a skunk.”
“But he was a fun drunk,” chimed in co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Walters noted that she had gotten a message later to call him. It wasn’t clear whether they had connected or he had apologized.
“He wishes to keep this conversation with her private,” DeVito’s spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, said in a statement.