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By Eric Deggans
(Joan Rivers died on September 4, 2014 following complications from vocal chord surgery. She was 81. This interview was recorded by telephone in January 2011.) Legendary Joan Rivers is the only multimillionaire who can admit she got a reality TV show out of moving cross-country to live with her millionaire daughter, and still leave you laughing about the absurdity of it all.
But that’s the 77-year-old showbiz icon’s stock in trade: from her award-winning, emotionally raw documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, to the exhaustive amount of standup gigs she insists on booking every year. For more than five decades, Joan Alexandra Molinsky Sanger Rosenberg has mined the most painful moments of her life and turned them into entertainment, making herself bulletproof to shame or criticism in the process.
JOAN RIVERS podcast excerpt: “Somebody high up (at Fox) was really an asshole.”
You can LISTEN to this interview with comedian JOAN RIVERS by clicking the audio player above!
Fans can see her take it to another level, documenting the process of leaving her beloved New York for life in Los Angeles with daughter and longtime TV partner Melissa Rivers for the WE cable channel show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? The show was recently renewed for a second season.
My conversation with her started on a familiar note: The controversy kicked off when the Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends morning show dumped her as a guest after she criticized conservative hero Sarah Palin (one of the show’s producers has since said it was a mistake and she should have been rescheduled; cynics smell a publicity stunt coming a mile away).
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Possibly the most critical guy at the St. Petersburg Times, Eric Deggans has served as music, media and TV critic at various times over 10 years. Read more of his work at TampaBay.com!
UPDATE: Eric joined National Public Radio (NPR) as its first media critic in 2013. Follow him for his latest work HERE!