Joan Rivers has had a week of headline grabbing. First she got herself into some hot water for calling President Obama the first gay president, and calling First Lady Michelle Obama a "trans".
Then she sat down for a short segment with CNN talking head Fredricka Whitfield, who asked her about her comments on Fashion Police, deriding celebrity fashion choices. The conversation got a bit confrontational. Rivers defended her frequent comments.
“It’s not mean, it’s not mean, it’s not mean. I tell the truth,” said Rivers. “I’m sure I say the same things that all the viewers say to their friends sitting next to them on the couch. These ladies make $28 million a picture. “Do you really think that Nicki Minaj cares I didn’t like her dress?”
Then Whitfield pressed a bit more, asking Rivers about some direct things she had said in her book, some of which have been seen as quite mean.
But as soon as Rivers was asked about her own fashion choices, such as wearing fur on the cover of her book, she got quite upset.
“You are not the one to interview a person who does humor. Sorry," said Rivers. Then she stood up and walked out on the interview. That in itself also was a media event on a slow news day.
But Rivers was soon to get a taste of her own medicine, once again, this time from David Letterman. Rivers visited The Late Show, and Letterman asked her about the walkout on CNN. As she started to answer him, he stood up and walked offstage, leaving her there by herself, with the audience cheering.
A Tonight Show hosting vet herself, Rivers took the joke in stride, "interviewing" herself for a few moments, making a joke about her sex life, before throwing the show to a commercial.
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