Joan Rivers Says CNN Interview 'Put Me On the Defensive'; Denies PR Stunt

July 7
2:36 2014

Just days after walking out during an interview with CNN's Fredicka Whitfield, controversial comedian Joan Rivers released a statement maintaining that her hasty Exit was not a publicity 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 Nuremburg Trial. Every question was an accusatory one designed to put me on the defensive."

Joan Rivers originally sat down for an interview with CNN Newsroom's Fredricka Whitfield to discuss her new book Diary of a Mad Diva. However, Rivers never made it to the book as she walked out before the interview was over. She said that Whitfield was being too negative and mean.

During the appearance Rivers defended her trademark celebrity ribbing, explaining, "It's not mean, it's not mean. I tell the truth. I'm sure I say the same things that all your viewers say to their friends sitting next to them on the couch."

Before long, Rivers told her to stop and left the interview with Whitfield asking whether or not she was serious.

Watch the live interview here:

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