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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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91.

Todd    

Look joan, the sky is falling. I know you're looking, because you can't close your eyes.

1340 days ago
92.

HawkCW4    

One would think some of you folks live on some other planet. Fox has never backed off from the most liberal you can find. You will find on Hannity and O'Riely some of the most outspoken Libs available and Yes they do hammer at Palin. You need to ask a couple of questions tho. Why is Fox the most watched Network there is? Why are Liberals so afraid or obsessed with Palin?? Its simple, and predictable, Liberals have never thought anyone but they should be allowed to speak, think, or DO. You elitist and arrogant leftists need to get a grip and realize, 1. you are not even close to the smartest people around. 2. What you did learn came from some agenda driven Prof at one of those ultra lib institutions where they push politics ahead of actual learning. Its not your fault, your parents sent you there. Blame them.

1340 days ago
93.

Jeoff    

You know that Fow is owned by Rupert Murdock. One of the worse things that has happened to this country. FOX = Like being in hen house. He needs to not be able to own the company. But you know money is just the rootnof all evil. Gee maybe that should be the motto on our Chinese dollars.

1340 days ago
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Home Skillet    

Looking forward to Wikileaks taking down Rupert Mur****.

1340 days ago
95.

TXLady    

I don't care for Sarah Palin at all, but I can't stand Joan Rivers! Sure, she has the right to spew whatever hatred she wants about anyone, but then again, Fox also has the right to extend and repeal invitations to their programs.

1340 days ago
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poonhok    

If you believe Palin caused Tucson, you have to believe islam caused 9/11......

1340 days ago
97.

jrc    

Joan Rivers' comments about Sarah Palin were ridiculous and show how ignorance can incite a malestrom of hatred toward another person. The only person responsible for the AZ shootings was the MAN who pulled the trigger. Sarah Palin is an easy scapegoat for the truly mush-brained radicals that can't think for themselves and are always seeking an easy target in which to place blame. Shame on Joan!

1340 days ago
98.

Sloane    

for the Freedom os Speech comments...

the way I see it is that you have the freedom/right to call me every name in the book and then some if you chose..in the name of comedy or on a serious note

and I have the freedom/right to not invite you into my home...why would I???

not quite the same thing as Fox
but may hint a little to their hesitancy of having Joan there since Palin is a correspondent there occasionally

and Joan/pundits/comedians can not expect to speak or comment or verbally attack with impunity and justify everything by saying "it was just a joke"

goes for people like Joy Behar etc. a lot of the loud mouths out there who "shoot from the lip"

they should not be surprised if they are not welcome everywhere

that goes for anyone workng on Fox as well

we are gettng a little fed up with negative/hateful/inflammatory speech..even though those spewing it have the freedom to do so...

then again
that's just my opinion

1340 days ago
99.

Qkftv    

**** everybody who hates Joan rivers and loves fox news

1340 days ago
100.

Phreaky    

Faux News. Where the mentally ill gather. This is no surprise.

1340 days ago
101.

moe    

Haha! Now go away.

1340 days ago
102.

Home Skillet    

If you believe Palin caused Tucson, you have to believe islam caused 9/11......

Posted at 12:56 PM on Jan 19, 2011 by poonhok
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Uhhh, I have no problem with that analogy. Islamist Extremists were at the root of the 9/11 attacks. So I will absolutely single them out instead of blaming all Muslims. Just like I will single out Palin instead of blaming responsible Conservative Republicans.

1340 days ago
103.

MJ is the Greatest of all    

GOOD FOR FOX TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1340 days ago
104.

Martie    

Well, Jacob then Sarah can continue to serve all the white hicks in Alaska with guns, because the "48" don't want her around. She is a disease to the US and the world.. a little like Hitler.

1340 days ago
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Martie    

No surprise, all the idiots on FOX are members of the Tea party, KKK, or some type of Nazi group. Thats why Palin goes on the show they agree with her no matter what. She is a poison and the person to blame for releasing this person is McCain, from Arizona.

1340 days ago
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