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Controversy Over FOX Show Canceling Joan Rivers

1/19/2011 4:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Joan Rivers has been canceled from a scheduled appearance on FOX & Friends -- she says it's all over a comment she made to TMZ blasting Sarah Palin ... but FOX denies that's the reason.

Joan Rivers Banned Fox and Friends
This weekend, Rivers said she partially blamed the Arizona shootings on Palin ... and then referred to Sarah as "stupid and a threat."

Rivers was scheduled to appear with daughter Melissa tomorrow on the show to promote her new show, "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?"  River's rep tells us a producer called to say they gave her the chop because of Joan's comments.

But moments ago FOX responded ... they say the show was overbooked and the producer "mistakenly" canceled Joan's appearance instead of rescheduling it.

FOX insists it has nothing to do with Joan's comments.

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artie help    

up to this point i actually liked this old amphibian.

1371 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

she needs to go away,her daughter too

1371 days ago
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Mike    

Hey Joan, your welcome

1371 days ago
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Jackie    

LOL....I thought USA was a free speech Country? but hmm!...i guess not.

1371 days ago
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Caligirl    

So, now we know FOX is part of the Tea Party? How stupid are they?

1371 days ago
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LAWRENCE    

Who cares, she should have been banned just for being Joan Rivers.

1371 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

Well that do you know. Fox fools protecting their pea-brained messiah.

1371 days ago
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jlm    

I can understand this coming from such a mentor and role model as Joan Rivers! Look at all the good she does for girls/women!! Her, Anti-plastic surgery Campaign AWESOME Work Joan! To take it all the way through-to looking like a deformed cheap plastic blow up crochetity old bag-now that is positive commitment to the public!!

1371 days ago
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FreakHater    

Can't stand her loud obnoxious mouth anyways!! She needs to banned from tv period!!!!

1371 days ago
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CR    

Joan Rivers has no idea what she is talking about. Sarah Palin is to blame for the AZ shootings? No, a deranged mad man whose parents never took the opportunity to get help or took responsibility for his crazy actions. When your college sends a letter home stating your kid needs a mental evaluation, you should listen up. Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Now, who is dumb?

1371 days ago
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Opinion    

There is only one person to blame for that shooting.
The shooter.

1371 days ago
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fahgettaboutit    

Fox News is all about free speech when Palin is running her fat mouth spewing hatred but let anyone criticize her and you are banned. Sounds about right.

1371 days ago
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Shread    

Fox and Friends is for idiots & the three hosts are complete morons. I love the way Jon Stewart nails them with their stupidity on his show. No loss for Joan and she does NOT need the vapid Fox audience anyway.

1371 days ago
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colette    

You GO!, Joan! Mill and his bunch are a bunch of idiots anyway.

1371 days ago
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kp    

oh how could they insult her like that, what a joke lol a study shows the people that watch fox (news) are the most uninformed people out there. SURPRISE

1371 days ago
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