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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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tara    

Joan is nothing but a walking plastic, angry, lonley old woman. I cant stand even the sight of her. Yuk! NO one cares what you think joan. Why is she still on tv. Yea your ugly daughter to take her with you. You two have the guts to judge other peoples clothes at awards. GO LOOK IN THE MIRROR!

1340 days ago
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Red-in-Phoenix    

TOTAL WIN FOR JOAN. SHE DOESN'T NEED TO BE ON THAT TRAIN WRECK OF A NETWORK.

FOX NEWS HAS VERY LITTLE STREET CRED.

JOAN FTE!

1340 days ago
18.

Sofonda Peters    

Partially TRUE!! & Fox is as awful as Sarah!! Ms Palin should be in JAIL!

1340 days ago
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Home Skillet    

I don't even like Joan Rivers, but I think it's funny that F&F banned her ... she probably laughed her ass off! It'd be like banning me from running a car over my foot repeatedly. Uhh, okay! I'm fine with that ban.

Fox - you never cease to amaze the smart people out here! AND, we're looking forward to your pal, Rupert Murdoch, taking it in the shorts verrrrrry soon! CAN'T WAIT!!

1340 days ago
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cocopuff56    

@Jackie: Freedom of speech is allowed in this country and that means stupid old hags like Joan Rivers can spew whatever crap she wants out of her mouth. However, Fox is smart to distance themselves from such an illiterate, smut mouthed pig as Joan Rivers and by the way has the right as well.

1340 days ago
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sem    

Hey fahgettaboutit, can you post up a few examples of the "hatred" Sarah Palin has spewed on Fox News. I'd love to see some. Thanks! Plus, Rivers wasn't criticizing her... she was basically accusing her of murder with no evidence (or logic) to back it up.

1340 days ago
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sem    

Jackie, this has nothing to do with free speech. "Free speech" does not apply to private business. FOX, CNN or any network has the right to have on and/or ban anyone they choose to.

1340 days ago
23.

Erin    

Regardless of what you think of Joan Rivers, Sarah Palin is indeed stupid and a threat. And dangerous. And a talentless, small-minded redneck.

1340 days ago
24.

Kelly    

Another reason why I don't care for FOX news. They get behind one side.

1340 days ago
25.

msw    

Love Joan - she's right and who cares about Fox

1340 days ago
26.

Jay    

So they blame Sarah Palin because some mental case finally went off, who actually had a thing against Giffords long, long before anyone even knew who Sarah was so it seems to me that those blaming Sarah are mental cases themselves.

1340 days ago
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sem    

Fox News has very little street cred??!! Have you looked at their ratings lately?! LOLOL!!! They beat all their competition in every time slot by millions of viewers!

1340 days ago
28.

Pat    

Good for FOX!

1340 days ago
29.

JFO    

First off, until I read (somewhere other than TMZ) that Fox has "banned" Joan Rivers I'm not believing it. It sounds really good when you hear it and it incites people to jump all over SP and Fox but let's hold back on the condemnation until we're sure they've actually done that. Secondly, who cares what Joan Rivers thinks? Last time I checked her opinion was barely worth noting when talking about what and who Hollywood is wearing for whatever ridiculous and wasteful awards show she was doing. I hardly think slobbering all over Hollywood's elite on a red carpet gives her much of a leg up on the IQ meter herself. People in glass houses, Joan.

1340 days ago
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Jacob    

Good, all this blame for Palin is stupid, the shooter is to blame. Just because she uses gun references does not make it her fault. Obama uses them also, "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” so can we blame him now too??? Guns are a way of life in Alaska, 95% if the population there carries them. There is NO concealed hand gun law in Alaska, people carry them for safety there due to all the wild animals like bears and mountain lions...

1340 days ago
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