nb_cid nb_clickOther -tt-nb this.style.behavior='url(#default#homepage)';this.setHomePage('http://www.aol.com/?mtmhp=acmpolicybanner072814 network-banner-promo mtmhpBanner
Search AOL Mail
AOL Mail
AOL Favorites

Joan Rivers claims CNN fur interview not a publicity stunt

Joan Rivers Claims CNN Interview Not Publicity Stunt

Joan Rivers walked off a CNN set after what Rivers calls a "defensive interview" that aired Saturday, but some believe the interview was a publicity stunt.

CNN reporter Fredricka Whitfield brought up the fact the 81-year-old Rivers is wearing fur on the cover of her new book -- and how she must have known animal activists would come calling.

Rivers responded, "I don't wanna hear this nonsense ... you know what? I'm going! All you have done is negative ... I have made people laugh for fifty years! ... I wear fur that was killed fifteen years ago ... sorry!"

Unsurprisingly, the Internet is now buzzing over the whole ordeal.

Simply searching 'Joan Rivers' on Twitter brings up tweet after tweet of commentary. She's been named a "mad diva" and called her out for "losing her temper."

Because the interview was about her new book, the possibility of this all being a publicity stunt isn't completely out of the question.

But E!'s 'Fashion Police' host told The Wrap she never does PR stunts, adding, "The CNN interviewer was a news reporter and not an entertainment reporter ... She did not seem to understand we were talking about a comedy book and not the transcripts from the Nuremburg (sic) Trial. Every question was an accusatory one designed to put me on the defensive.''

Rivers also drew a lot of attention prior to her LAST book release in 2012. E! points out that's when she handcuffed herself to a cart at Costco after the chain refused to carry her book. And let's be real. The host makes a living making fun of people.

The Daily Beast straight up called her out. See that red 'hypocrite' right above the headline? It mentioned "Joan Rivers is famous for dishing out acerbic celebrity critiques, but apparently, she can't take it as good as she gives."

Whitfield said she thought Rivers was just having fun, but later realized she was serious when she stormed off and kept her microphone on -- Whitfield heard her drop some "unflattering four-letter words."

Watch the full walk-out below:

More on AOL:
Culver's owner continues to pay employees during construction
LeBron James to meet with Heat
'Rising Star' judge Kesha in tears over Karen Hornsby's story
'Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour': Miley Gets Tattoo Of Her Deceased Dog

Join the discussion

1000|Char. 1000  Char.
jfusco316 July 07 2014 at 2:16 PM

Poor Joni she can dish it but can't take it. Don't get to hot about it Joni or your face will melt.

Flag Reply +51 rate up
8 replies
Dick July 07 2014 at 1:54 PM

Both her and her daughter are a couple of pigs!!

Flag Reply +44 rate up
18 replies
macsportsvt July 07 2014 at 1:53 PM

The interviewer is an uneducated newbie - needs lot more experience. Silly of CNN to be so negative and simply dumb.

Flag Reply +38 rate up
20 replies
dostramigo July 07 2014 at 1:58 PM

Hey Joan, We all love ya

Flag Reply +34 rate up
6 replies
John July 07 2014 at 2:13 PM

The woman is a comedic icon and they let a rookie interview her. Are the people at the networks nuts?

Flag Reply +34 rate up
13 replies
Chris July 07 2014 at 2:11 PM

So many thin skinned weak ass liberal mommy-coddled little babies: if you don't like her, don't watch her- it's not up to da gubmint to protect you from life like you think.

Flag Reply +33 rate up
10 replies
vlby July 07 2014 at 1:46 PM

Leave her alone she is a great lady

Flag Reply +30 rate up
10 replies
spdy65 July 07 2014 at 1:53 PM

Of course she wears furs. Don't all cave women?

Flag Reply +25 rate up
11 replies
dollie July 07 2014 at 3:09 PM

I like Joan. Except that she keeps saying Obama is gay and Michelle a transsexual, but other than that she's great and funny.

Flag Reply +20 rate up
12 replies
eulerckt July 07 2014 at 2:00 PM

'News reporter...'? The fact that many people like real fur is not news. This is one reason liberals are not taken more seriously......'Do what I tell you to or I will make you'. That crap has gotten old.
Win people over, don't screw with them.

Flag Reply +18 rate up
4 replies
aol~~ 1209600


More From Our Partners