Hours after pulling the plug on a live interview with CNN, Joan Rivers insisted her quick exit was not a PR stunt.
“The CNN interviewer was a news reporter and not an entertainment reporter,” Rivers told TheWrap. “She did not seem to understand we were talking about a comedy book and not the transcripts from the Nuremberg Trial. Every question was an accusatory one designed to put me on the defensive.”
The interview started out amicably with CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield calling Rivers a “trailblazer” and praising her career achievements. But it quickly went downhill.
“You know, you have some shock value to you,” Whitfield observed. “The cover of your book, you’re wearing a fur and you knew that there would probably be animal rights activists…”
“This whole interview is turning into a defensive interview,” Rivers replied. “Are you wearing leather shoes? Then shut up.”
She didn’t stop there. The E! “Fashion Police” host then yelled, “You are not the one to interview a person who does humor. Sorry.”
Seconds later the comedienne walked off the set, leaving a stunned Whitfield to ask, “Are we serious?” Apparently so.
Watch the video of the lively interview above.
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