09/29/2006 at 05:00 PM EDT
With his trademark manic humor, Robin Williams spoke out Friday for the first time about his stint in rehab for treatment of alcoholism.
"I went to rehab the same day that Mel Gibson was arrested on (Pacific) Coast Highway," Williams said in an interview to promote his new movie, "Man of the Year," out Oct. 13. "I think it allowed me a certain anonymity."
Williams added: "God does have a sense of humor that he was stopped by the only Jewish highway patrolman."
As for rumors he was in the same rehab program as Gibson, Williams said at the Beverly Hills press junket, "No, we never met, and we were supposedly keeping correspondence. But I have Jewish agents so I haven't gotten any messages."
Williams then riffed on what it would have sounded like if he had been called by Gibson the night of Gibson's arrest. Using an Australian accent, Williams, said, "Hi, Robin, I'm on the Coast Highway come pick me up. Don't worry!"
A rep for Williams, 55, confirmed in August that the he was entering rehab after he "found himself drinking again and… decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family."