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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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31.

anni    

Sarah's "load em up", "Joe Plumber", "mama grizzly" crap is just that - crap. And it is getting very old. She has nothing to offer but bad-entertainment value. She is a danger.

1284 days ago
32.

surebet    

Another Retiree long overdue to join the ranks with Brett Favre and Regis Philbin. Every time I see Joan Rivers she is annoying and overbearing to the point, where I change the channel very quickly. She isn't that funny and makes a fool out of herself and somebody better tell her she's WASHED UP! But if the networks are that stupid to pay her millions of dollars, then I can't blame her. The NETWORKS ARE EVEN MORE STUPID to think the ratings are great!

1284 days ago
33.

gutsygirl    

Joan is mean-spirited. You'd have thought her husband committing suicide would have made her more empathetic towards others feelings.

1284 days ago
34.

Missy Bancroft    

This is why you can't take FOX seriously, they ban and censor anyone who has opinions that don't coincide with their right wing views. Joan is only saying something that millions of us already know and agree with. I hope that this just encourages Joan Rivers to say more, RECHARGE Joan!

1284 days ago
35.

joecrabs    

Joan Rivers? Is it still 1985? What is this sea hag doing on my computer screen? Dear Joan, Stick to getting plastic surgery. It seems to be the only thing you are, or ever were or will be, good at. Seriously? Sarah Palin is responsible for that nutbag shooting all those people? Thanks for that little nugget, Joan.

1284 days ago
36.

SayWhat    

GOOD! I'm tired of these celebs making irresponsible comments about other people because they dont agree with their politics.
Libs want to whine about the divide in this country, they forget that they were the ones that were doing and saying anything they could about the former president because they are hateful and intolerant of anyone that disagrees with their liberal agenda.

1284 days ago
37.

anni    

A true Community Leader is not so flippant with what they say, and about whom. She is a danger. Imagine her representing the US in any form on the International stage, ha ha ha ha frightening.

1284 days ago
38.

patty    

Joan & Melissa do NOT need to go on the Tea Party News Channel, Screw FOX....

1284 days ago
39.

Tinalouise    

Really Fox And Friends?? They sure can dish it out but can't take it..so sensitive about their beloved Sarah Palin!!! Joan doesn't need them idiots anyway.

1284 days ago
40.

Jus Another Viewer    

How is this hag STILL able to spew sooo much hatred when her face is completely DEAD due to the TOXIC chemicals shes been pumping into her body, she's been filled so full of Botox, restolin, fat injections.. How can she be so hateful, and VAIN while speaking about ANYONE who doesnt think JUST like HER.
She as bad (or WORSE) than Mel Gibson's father. yet she says Mel Gibson should DIE. The only thing keeping HER alive is hypocrisy, and KARMA!
THIS OLD HAG shoulda died 25 years ago.. when she still have an ounce of respect, and 2 mins of FUNNY material. NOW the only thing she'll be remembered for is being a grotesque looking, self-centered, one-sided wicked hypocrite!
TEAM MEL 4 LIFE!
p.s. I hope this old witch lives to be 125 years old.. SHE deserves to live in that gunny-sack (her own skin) for @ least THAT long!
Oh, BTW Boney JOANIE, Sarah Palin has FANS, and her husband LOVES HER, (yours killed himself to get away from YOU) And Sarah's kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her.. your OWN daughter HATES you, and is only tagging along so she can get her inheritance!
Wicked, disgusting, rotten OLD UGLY, pulled so tight your face is about to rip BEOTCH!

1284 days ago
41.

JFO    

She's still listed as a guest with her daughter on Fox and Friends for tomorrow's show ... I would think if Fox and Friends "banned" her they would have removed the promo listing her name on the web site. Maybe it's just me .....

1284 days ago
42.

Jackie    

@ Sem..."private business"?....Of course they banned her coz of her freedom of speech.

1284 days ago
43.

Bubbles The Chimp    

'Fox News'

That is an oxymoron.

1284 days ago
44.

Sue    

Joan Rivers has as much right to free speech as any other American......but some of us have the right NOT to listen to her views on things she knows nothing about! I am so 'over' the famous people and their rights to air their opinions. Because someone was funny once upon a time, (Joan Rivers, Roseanne, etc.) had a TV show,(Rosie O'Donnell, Kate Gosselin) has a ton of money AND a TV show,(Donald Trump) well, that makes them an expert on everything from politics to raising children and everything in between. That's so laughable! I have lots of opinions about things, too, but no one is giving me a forum to tell everyone else how to think, vote, act, shop or anything else. One uber-celebrity (Oprah)played a huge role in getting a president elected for Pete's sake! She is still rich, paying her bills and working. How's that working for the rest of you sheeple who thought SHE knew what she was talking about and should choose the best candidate because she had a popular TV show? Geez...Celebrities need to realize that THEY work for US...they are paid to entertain us. If we stopped watching their TV shows, buying their CDs, paying outrageous ticket prices to see their movies, maybe they will realize they may be prettier or wealthier than the average person but that's about it. It doesn't make them any 'better' than us, or any smarter or more important. Also does not make their OPINIONS carry any more weight than mine! LOL

1284 days ago
45.

Polly    

Yep, Palin caused the shootings like it's Paula Dean's fault people are fat.

1284 days ago
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