Apparently comedian Joan Rivers is allowed to dish it out to celebrities with some pretty harsh jokes on her show Fashion Police, but she can’t take a bit of honest criticism from the rest of the world. This was proven when Joan Rivers actually walked out of a CNN interview Saturday when she felt that anchor Fredricka Whitfield wasn’t asking her the right questions and was apparently not “the one to interview someone who does humor.”
So, what happened? Apparently, point of Rivers' interview with Whitfield was to discuss her latest book, Diary of a Mad Diva, as well as the celebrity’s work on Broadway in November. In the end, that’s not what the two women discussed at all, though — and though it doesn’t appear that Whitfield meant to take it in a different direction, it still devolved pretty quick. The interview began fairly smoothly: as any interviewer would do, Whitfield began with some introductory notes about Rivers’ success, discussing her bestselling books and TV show. Things screeched to a halt, though, when Whitfield brought up the fact that Rivers’ fashion critiques can often be mean, and Rivers cut her off by claiming Fashion Police in fact isn’t mean, and that the wealthy celebrities they typically critique likely don’t care because they have money.
Although after that, Whitfield did make it a point to transition to discussion about Rivers’ book, she made the unwise decision to continue with how mean Rivers can be.
“Well what about when it is about something that does seem off limits to a lot of people?” Whitfield said. “Even your book, you kind of joke about the death of Casey Anthony’s baby, Princess Diana surviving so many landmines in who she dated — do you feel like there are any boundaries ever?”
After a string of somewhat negative questions and a tense back-and-forth between Whitfield and Rivers, it was clear that nothing was going to be accomplished.
“Life is very tough,” Rivers said. “And if you can make a joke to make something easier and funny, do it. Done.”
From there, Whitfield then began to question Rivers about why it is she wears real animal fur though she discusses her advocacy for animal rights in her book and campaigns against animal cruelty, according to the CNN interview. To this, Rivers responded with “Are you wearing leather shoes? Then shut up.” Ouch!
Then, the interview basically ended early after Rivers went on with one final rant before walking off the set in outrage.
“I’m going because all you’ve done is negative,” Rivers said. “I make 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.” And with that, Rivers apparently left. Yikes. Clearly, Rivers probably won’t be returning to CNN for any interviews in the near future.
This isn't the only controversy Rivers is in the media for either — in addition to this CNN disaster, the comedian was recently caught on camera making remarks about President Obama and the First Lady: Not only did she seem to imply that the president is gay, but she also called Michelle Obama a trans slur during the interview.
Even more yikes.