Joan Rivers stomped out of a CNN interview that aired Saturday because the reporter's line of questioning made her mad.

You can tell when Joan Rivers gets mad when her face starts melting.

That may sound mean but, legally, you can make fun of people who get plastic surgery when it's their choice.

The comedian was at CNN last week to promote her new book "Diary of a Mad Diva," with anchor Fredricka Whitfield. According to the New York Daily News, everything started fine, with Whitfield talking up Rivers' career as an author, comic and host of E!'s "Fashion Police."

Things started getting dicey when Whitfield described the 81-year-old's fashion critiques as "very mean in some ways."

SiriusXM’s Unmasked Special With Joan Rivers at SiriusXM on June 30, 2014 in New York City.
SiriusXM's Unmasked Special With Joan Rivers at SiriusXM on June 30, 2014 in New York City. (Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Sirius XM)

"It's not mean, it's not mean, it's not mean," Rivers said, cutting her off. "I tell the truth."

The truth, as you know, is subjective. For example, Lindsay Lohan still refers to herself as an "actress."

"I'm sure I say the same things that all your viewers say to their friends sitting next to them on the couch," Rivers said. "We're one of the few shows that says 'that's an ugly dress.' These ladies make $28 million a picture. You really think that Nicki Minaj cares I didn't like her dress?"

Rivers said -- in what may be one of her most hilarious lines of the past few years -- that it's not personal.

"It's not about them, it's the clothing."

Of course it is.

Whitfield then asked Rivers is she worries about offending people.


"Life is very tough," she responded. "If you can make a joke to make something easier and funny, do it."

Whitfield continued to press Rivers on her "shock value," citing the cover of her new book, on which she wears a fur coat. Whitfield pointed out that the cover has angered animal rights activists. Rivers didn't like that.

"This whole interview is becoming a defensive interview," she said. "Are you wearing leather shoes?" When Whitfield said yes, Rivers said "then shut up."

Whitfield said she could wear leather shoes because she wasn't an animal-rights activist, as Rivers claims to be.

"I don't want to hear this nonsense," Rivers shot back. "Come to me with a paper belt, and I'll talk to you."

Do they really have those?

Whitfield tried to continue the line of questioning, and Rivers announced, "I'm going."

"All you've done is negative," she said. "I've made people laugh for 50 years, I am put on Earth to make people laugh. My book is funny. I wear fur that was killed 15 years ago, I work for animal rights."

Right. It's not like she can bring the fur back to life. Duh.

"Stop it with 'you do this and you're mean'!" Rivers said, nearly shouting. "You are not the one to interview a person who does humor! Sorry!"

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