It looks like the elderly comedian Joan Rivers can cut folks down, but when the shoe is on the other foot she storms out. That’s what Rivers did during a CNN interview when she didn’t like where the line of questioning was going, she stormed out, according to the New York Daily News on July 6.
Rivers who is harsh, crude and rude when bashing other people on her show, “The Fashion Police,” was asked by CNN’s Fredrika Whitfield if she was concerned about offending people. Rivers rationalized her techniques of critiquing the people and the clothes that they wear as being honest. She said she is just saying what others are really thinking, but are afraid to say out loud.
Us Magazine suggests that Rivers can dish it out, but she can’t take it! You have to admit it was a breath of fresh air to see Rivers squirm when called out on her behavior. The interview was taped last week, but it aired on Saturday night on CNN.
Rivers was at this interview to promote her new book “Diary of a Mad Diva,” but the interview never seem to get any warmer than cordial between Rivers and Whitfield. From there it quickly moved to irate when Whitfield asked her about the fur coat she is wearing on the cover of her new book.
The 81-year-old comedian fancies herself as an animal rights activist, so why was she wearing a fur and was she worried that she would get backlash from some of the animal rights groups? This is what Whitfield wanted Rivers to answer that got her gander up.
“This whole interview is becoming a defensive interview” Rivers angrily quipped. She spewed back with “Are you wearing leather shoes?” When Whitfield said “yes,” Rivers tell her “then shut up!” Whitfield very diplomatically explained to Rivers that she isn’t an animal rights activist, but the commedian is.
“I don’t want to hear this nonsense,” Rivers fired back. “Come to me with a paper belt, and I’ll talk to you.” Then she announced “I’m going.” But she wasn’t going quietly, as she stormed off she had this to say,
All you’ve done is negative,” she said. “I’ve made people laugh for 50 years, I am put on Earth to make people laugh. My book is funny. I wear fur that was killed 15 years ago, I work for animal rights.”
Rivers continued with her non-stop rant defending herself saying:
“Stop it with ‘you do this and you’re mean’!” Rivers added, nearly shouting. “You are not the one to interview a person who does humor! Sorry!”
Whitfield thought that Rivers storming out was a joke and it wasn’t until a little bit of time went by that she realized Rivers was serious and she wasn’t coming back. Whitfield is now a hero of sorts, she actually was able to get under the skin of the comedian who is notorious for bashing celebrities from every walk of life.
One of Rivers latest controversial jokes was when she called President Obama “gay” and First Lady Michelle Obama, a “tranny.” That was pushing her controversial jokes too far many thought, but in pure Rivers fashion, she just didn’t care!
There you have it, the woman who cuts people apart for a living, couldn’t take just a small taste of what she deals out to others. There is no thick skin here, tight maybe after all that plastic surgery, but not thick!
Check out Rivers’ exit from the CNN interview in the video above.
Update 7/6: Fredrika Whitfield on CNN live Sunday afternoon said that she thought Rivers might have been pulling some type of a joke, but that wasn’t the case. Rivers’ microphone was still on when she walked off the set and she is heard using language that left no room for thinking that this could possibly be a joke.
The elderly comedian was mad. Rivers was indignant that CNN gave her a news anchor to interview her rather than an entertainment anchor who wouldn’t have come at her so negatively, so she claimed. Rivers actually looks like she is going to cry when whining, “I have been put on this earth to make people laugh,” and “I have been making people laugh for 50 years.”
CNN reached out to Rivers, but she has not returned their calls. After watching the interview, most would agree that Whitfield was anything but negative and she was asking the questions that people wanted to know. She did so very professionally without making any accusations toward Rivers, as Rivers seems to think she did.