July 29th, 2009
08:51 PM ET

Joan Rivers brings the funny

Day two of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour started with lots of laughter thanks to Joan Rivers! There aren't a lot of people in Hollywood who keep it real when talking about others, but Joan Rivers does.  She sat down, got miked up to promote her new show on TV Land called "How'd you get so Rich"  and started offering her opinions on topical news.

Joan Rivers

Upon hearing the news that President Barack Obama invited Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley to the White House for a beer to hash things out, she said, "Obama needs to stay out of local politics."

Rivers dropped the F-bomb this week while touting her new show on "Good Day Sacramento."  The host asked Rivers if she ever ran up to someone and said "Hey how did you get so rich?" and have the woman say "by riding on my mom's coattails." It was a dig at her and her daughter Melissa.  Joan reacted saying, "I don't think so. Don't get so (expletive) smart. I think we are going to end the interview right now."  Joan told me that host crossed the line and the comments were inappropriate. She added, the last time "Good Day Sacramento"  made news was when one of the Shriver clan got new teeth. Yep Joan is, if nothing else, always funny.

But Joan wasn't the only funny one at the TCAs today. Mr. Kevin Nealon who is the voice of the traveling dentist, Dr. Glenn Martin, on the new Nick @ Nite animated series "Glenn Martin, DDS" refused to let our interview end without cracking me up. He said he not only thinks it's a great idea for President Obama to invite the Sgt. Crowley and Harvard Professor Gates over for beer, but he should take it a step further and invite Joe Jackson over along with the doctor of the late Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray. He thinks they could perhaps talk things over.

I've covered the TCAs for years for CNN and I can count the times on one hand that a celebrity has surprised me by saying something I found intriguing. I'll add today to that list. I interviewed executive producers Matt Damon and Howard Zinn about their new series on the History Channel called "The People Speak" where celebrities read and perform stories about ordinary people who have changed history. Well after the interview about their project, I asked for Matt's reaction to President Obama inviting the police officer and professor over for a beer. He confided in me that his good buddy Ben Affleck actually knew Sgt. Crowley. He was Affleck's contact for a film he was shooting in Boston called "The Company Men." That was before Sgt. Crowley and Professor Gates made headlines.

Wow!! The things you learn at the TCAs.


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  1. Kim

    I love Joan... even with all her faults. I think she has catered to her daughter too much, but hey, that's not my problem. Joan is just regular. Tells it like it is, and doesn't worry about what people think! A lot better than some schmoozing drippy faker.

    August 1, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. deet

    Wow Who made her famous! she is NOT nor has ever been That funny) Thank s to Jonny Carson for knowing and proving that!! by not allowing her rudness!to take over his show!. She is not the person to dish out dirton any person , But then if dirt is returned and boy could many people dish the dirt on her – (Past husband's life & dealth) but she can't handle it when the shoe is on the foot,. She showed her age , and how she is really on the Donald Trump Show last season. Her, actions were sad and she is too old to speak bad about anyone , with out looking at her on life in the mirror!! SHE needs to show ...respect to get respect

    July 31, 2009 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. JudyK

    Well....I was a fan of Joan Rivers. After watching her antics on the Apprentice, my opinion of her changed. She is a manipulative, self involved, bigoted witch. Or as my niece said "ruuuuuude!". I still shake my head when I think of the way she and her spoiled rediculous daughter acted on The Apprentice. It was unbelievable.
    The most amazing aspect was Donald Trump fell for it – wow.

    July 30, 2009 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Meg

    The world is so over Joan Rivers, she just doesn't know it, she is not funny anymore and her daughter is a mess. It is time for Joan to retire but , I guess she needs the money. Her 15 minuets were up years ago!

    July 30, 2009 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Heather Humphrey

    So let me get this straight... Joan Rivers, who has made a CAREER out of insulting everyone out there, is offended because someone did it back to her? Her 'style' of comedy leaves something to be desired for me because she's not funny, she's just plain mean.
    Looks like she can dish it out but she can't take it. Too bad Joan. Good for Good Morning Sacramento.

    July 29, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |

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