Joan Rivers walked out in the middle of a CNN interview that aired on Saturday.
The comedienne first took offense when CNN Newsroom host Fredricka Whitfield described her hit E! show “Fashion Police” as “mean.” The situation escalated when Whitfield indirectly called Rivers a hypocrite for fighting to end animal cruelty while regularly donning fur.
“This whole interview is turning into a defensive interview,” she said. “Are you wearing leather shoes? Then shut up.”
She then hurled a final insult before storming off set less than three minutes into the questioning.
“You are not the one to interview a person who does humor, sorry,” Rivers said.
Whitfield later wondered whether this was nothing more than a stunt. “Off camera, [Rivers] kept her microphone on as she continued to talk and dropped some rather unflattering four-letter words,” she said.
This comes on the heels of another controversy. Rivers called First Lady Michelle Obama “transgender” and implied that President Barack Obama is gay.
When asked by a cameraman in New York City a few days ago whether she thought “the United States will see the first gay president or the first woman president,” she said “We already have it with Obama, so let’s just calm down,” before taking the joke one step further.