Joan Rivers walked out from an interview regarding her book, “Diary of a Mad Diva” after a CNN anchor asked her a question about wearing a fur on the cover of her diary. According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR) Rivers, host of the “E! Fashion Police,” apparently got annoyed with Fedricka Whitfield’s interrogation, which for the television host was getting the conversation into something against rather than for the promotion of her comedy book.
The Wrap reported that the interview harmoniously began with praises for Rivers as a pioneer for comedy and some questions about her blooming career from the anchor. Whitfield later asked the question whether Rivers’ jokes about Princess Diana were below the belt, which Rivers herself wittily answered. However, something came up and totally blew the discussion out.
Rivers, as reported by Media ITE, who was on CNN to promote her new tome that was just launched on July 1, 2014, was asked by Whitfield on set what she thought of the reaction of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) would be about the fur coat she was wearing on the book’s cover photo. The fashion diva answered angrily, telling the news anchor that she was an animal rights activist and that the interview was getting offensive. It was followed by a question whether Whitfield was wearing a belt made of leather. If so, Rivers advised her to shut up.
The CNN anchor tried to get the conversation going, thinking that Rivers was just putting up a comic act, but Rivers sarcastically interrupted and told the CNN anchor to show up with a belt made of paper and only then she would talk to her. Whitfield who sat stunned during the interview even asked if she was serious when, abruptly, Rivers disappeared from the camera.
After the Saturday (July 5, 2014) airing of the CNN interview, Rivers gave a statement to The Hollywood Reporter to clarify the fashion diva’s reaction. In the statement, Rivers commented that the CNN interviewer was not an entertainment reporter, and so it appeared that she did not understand that the conversation was about a book that was meant to invite fun. Rivers said this in her statement because, according to her, every question felt like an accusation, pushing her to defend herself like she was on a court trial. Rivers added that Whitfield seemed to go beyond the humor of her book.
Watch the clip below to see Rivers and Whitfield in action. After watching the clip, Whitfield commented “I thought she was joking the whole time… Yeah, she was serious.”
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