Mel Gibson and his longtime agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, have parted ways, according to TheWrap.com.

While reasons for the professional breakup were not revealed, Gibson's recent and past behavior have arguably made him a public relations liability. In the past month, the actor has been accused of directing racist and misogynistic comments toward his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, in a phone call that was leaked. In June, Grigorieva obtained a restraining order against Gibson, claiming that he was physically violent. Mel Gibson and his longtime agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, have parted ways, according to TheWrap.com.

While reasons for the professional breakup were not revealed, Gibson's recent and past behavior have arguably made him a public relations liability. In the past month, the actor has been accused of directing racist and misogynistic comments toward his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, in a phone call that was leaked. In June, Grigorieva obtained a restraining order against Gibson, claiming that he was physically violent.

Still, Gibson's split with WME is also seen by some as inevitable. The move was announced in the wake of the July 3 death of Ed Limato, Gibson's longtime agent. It's no secret that Gibson was not an agency darling -- and certainly not among the favorites of partner Ari Emanuel, who inherited the star when Endeavor merged with William Morris in 2009.

In 2006, the agent spoke out about Gibson's anti-semitic comments, which he made while under arrest for DUI. "Alcoholism does not excuse racism and anti-Semitism," Emmanuel wrote. "[People in the entertainment community] need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him. ... There are times in history when standing up against bigotry and racism is more important than money."

Public opinion notwithstanding, leaving WME may have already been Gibson's plan following Limato's death. "At this point he doesn't seem to be in need of an agent," a rep for the actor told The Hollywood Reporter. Gibson has a handful of projects in development, including theJodie Foster comedy 'The Beaver,' and 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation,' a film which Gibson co-wrote, as well as several more projects that are in development.

As for what will follow? Unemployment seems an unlikely concern for the star -- especially when there are legal hurdles to tackle first.

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