Cruise Line Boots Joan Rivers Over ... a Joke

Quip about Cleveland kidnapping victims still haunts comedienne
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2014 1:51 PM CDT
Cruise Line Boots Joan Rivers Over ... a Joke
In this photograph taken by AP Images for Bravo, Joan Rivers appears on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" show on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in New York.   (Peter Kramer/AP Images for Bravo)

Joan Rivers still knows how to offend people, and half way around the world no less. The Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled her July booking with daughter Melissa over an off-color joke the comedy queen made the other day, the New York Post reports. The comedienne quipped that living arrangements at home are pretty cramped with Melissa: "I’m still in the same stupid little room," she said. "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space." Lawyers for two of the women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, demanded an apology, but Rivers refused.

Now the cruise ship has stepped in by kicking her overboard, so to speak. "Someone from their marketing team called Joan and said they didn’t want her," a source says. "They said they’re a family-friendly brand." Rivers fired back the best way she knows how: "Of course they canceled me! They were terrified what I would say after seeing the size of their cabins. They should be featured on 'Orange Is the New Black.'" Rivers was no less diplomatic in reacting to the kidnapping victims, the Plain Dealer reports. When the story broke, she said, "The TV the guy gave them must not have had SNL.'' (More Joan Rivers stories.)

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