Joan Rivers is out and about doing the press rounds to promote her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva. While most of the tour has been just harmless ribbing as she’s tossed barbs at random celebrities and luminaries, this weekend when she stormed out on an appearance on CNN Newsroom to talk about the book with host Fredricka Whitfield. Whitfield was questioning Rivers about her book, however her questioning was a bit more accusatory than Rivers was in the mood for, prompting the comedian to declare that Whitfield wasn’t the right type of person to interview an entertainer and then walked out on the interview.
“I do not do, and never have done, PR ‘stunts,'” Rivers said in a statement. “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 Nuremberg Trial. Every question was an accusatory one designed to put me on the defensive. She seemed to miss the point that “Diary of a Mad Diva” is simply a very funny book and as Winston Churchill said, if you can make one person laugh, even for a minute, it’s like giving them a little vacation.”