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article imageJoan Rivers, 81-year-old diva, furiously walks off CNN interview

By Nancy Houser     Jul 10, 2014 in Entertainment
Eighty-one-year-old Joan Rivers, the notable sharp-tongued comedian from New York, furiously walked out in a July 5 CNN satellite interview. Rivers explains her walkout by stating she felt as if she was being interrogated, not professionally interviewed.
CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield was to interview Joan Rivers on her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva. Instead, it appeared to many she was going about it in a attack-interrogation-interview mode, which explains why the elderly comedian immediately went on the defense before the book was ever discussed.
Calling Rivers "mean," Whitfield questioned the lack of boundaries Joan Rivers has regarding her role in the Fashion Police, or her sarcastic remarks toward royalty and other celebrities. Nothing to do with the book by Rivers. Of course, recently Rivers accused the First Lady as being a transgender and the President as being gay, which is part of her brand of humor.
Comments on the CNN interview are basically split in half — some feel that Whitfield was in the wrong with her treatment toward an 81-year-old woman with a successful 50-year career, whiles other criticized Rivers as "being able to dish it out, but not take it." Below are a few comments from different viewers of the interview.
This interviewer was persistent in trying to get Joan to be "politically correct" and Joan wasn't going for it. It wasn't an interview, it was a person trying to get Joan to turn into a pathetic apologizer.
Rivers was happily lecturing everybody else on taking her negative nastiness a joke -- but then stormed off the set because it was all too negative and nasty?
Well, it wasn´t Joan´s day...she overreacted to questions that for me were normal. Maybe some other day, she will feel better and understand that this was only an interview and nothing else. Fredericka is a nice, gentle, sincere and funny journalist and have nothing to be sorry for this interview.
Joan Rivers has been referred to as the last of Rat Pack Vegas comics, a 1960 representation of multiethnic American democracy, where class was replaced by “class.” The Rat Pack redefined the “American cool,” originally consisting of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Dean Martin. They were a melting pot of different backgrounds, races, religions, and more…showing that true talent has no the Joan Rivers brand of comedy.
Either way, CNN will definitely look bad on this interview, as Rivers has never had a problem drawing popular attention to herself, with her razor-like comments and known as a force of nature who is one of the hardest-working celebrities in the world.
However, the current over-sensitivity of family-oriented Rivers may be connected to the loss of her older sister of two years, Barbara Waxler, who died around a year ago. Both women grew up as strong trail blazers, with Waxler a female attorney during a time when they were refused entrance. Upon the death, Rivers shut down emotionally, according to Mail Online, "Grief stricken Joan Rivers cancels 80th birthday bash after her sister Barbara Waxler dies."
Who knows?
But this is still a country that should respect and honor an elderly woman like Joan Rivers, successful and sharp-tongued, or not.
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