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Funny man George Lopez is now making light about his arrest last month for public intoxication, even while acknowledging that it was no laughing matter.
The 52-year-old Mexican-American comedian stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday and spoke about the incident. Lopez was arrested in late February after casino security found the comedian passed out on the floor at Caesars Windsor. Lopez has performed earlier in the night at the same casino.
“Well, Ellen, recently I lifted myself off the casino floor in Canada,” he quipped Thursday. “Well, apparently, I am a bigger Justin Bieber fan that I thought I was. But you know how they always say whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but whatever happens in Canada everybody knows.”
“I was a bit intoxicated,” he admitted, adding that Canadian police were very polite. "They said ‘Sir, this behavior cannot continue, and if it does continue, we would be honored if you would be mayor of Toronto.’”
Lopez, who is starring in the new sitcom “Saint George,” continued to poke fun at himself, saying that he had been on his way to his room after the show, but “missed it by 35 floors,” and that “just because Mexicans invented tequila doesn’t mean we can handle it.”
Joking aside, Lopez revealed he has not had “a drop of alcohol” since then.
“I am the new George,” he said.