Joan Rivers Bashed for Being 'Very Mean', Bails on CNN Interview

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Joan Rivers is very good at criticizing others, but when she is the target of criticism, it seems she just bails.

That's what happened when the comedian-author stormed off the set of a pre-taped CNN interview with Fredricka Whitfield after the anchor said Rivers' critiques on her E! Fashion Police show are "very mean.

“Even with your fashion critiquing, while it’s very mean in some ways…” began Whitfield before she was quickly interrupted.

"It's not mean, it's not mean, it's not mean. I tell the truth," replied Rivers, 81. "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," she continued of the celebrities she often bashes during her commentary. "Do you really think that Nicki Minaj cares I didn't like her dress?"

Whitfield then questioned Rivers’ lack of sensitivity for people involved in some taboo subjects Rivers jokes about, including Casey Anthony’s baby and Princess Diana.

“Life is very tough, and if you can make a joke to make something easier, and funny, do it, done, that’s all! Darling, I don’t know what your life has been like but I have a lot of people who’ve gone through hell… Winston Churchill said, ‘If you make someone laugh, you give them a little vacation,’ and maybe you take the worst thing in the world, make it funny, and it’s a vacation for a minute from horror,” said Rivers.

When Whitfield turned the tables and questioned Rivers' fashion choice of fur for the cover of her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, that's when Rivers got a little hot under the collar and bailed.

"You know this whole interview is becoming a defensive interview," Rivers said. "Are you wearing leather shoes? Shut up."

"You know what, I'm going. I'm really going because all you've done is negative," she ranted. "I've made people laugh for 50 years. I was put on Earth to make people laugh and my book is funny."

The interview aired July 5 on CNN.

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