Joan Rivers storms off during TV interview
Published 06/07/2014 | 16:39
Comedienne Joan Rivers stormed off during a live interview on CNN after she claimed the discussion was turning into a "defensive interview".
Rivers was promoting her new book, 'Diary of a Mad Diva', when she took offense to the interviewer calling her “mean”.
The Fashion Police host walked out of the CNN interview after she interpreted the line of questioning to be an attack on her sense of humor.
She took particular offence when interviewer Fredericka Whitfield suggested that her comedy could offend others.
“It’s not mean,” Rivers (81) insisted.
“I tell the truth. I’m sure I say the same things your viewers say to their friends sitting next to them on the couch.”
She then got more irritated when asked if she thought her jokes about Princess Diana went too far.
“Life is very tough, and if you can make a joke to make something easier, and funny, do it,” she said.
When Whitfield then mentioned that Rivers wore a fur coat on the cover of her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, Rivers got even angrier.
“This whole interview is becoming a defensive interview,” she fumed.
“Are you wearing leather shoes? Then shut up.
“I'm going," she declared while pulling out her earpiece.
“All you've done is negative. I've made people laugh for 50 years. I am put on earth to make people laugh.”
After the interview, Whitfield explained that she thought Rivers was joking but told viewers that she was still wearing her microphone when she left and “dropped some rather unflattering four-letter words. So, yeah, she was serious."