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Outspoken comedienne Joan Rivers shocked British viewers of her E! show Fashion Police when she made comments about the late Princess Diana.
Rivers referenced the 1997 death of the beloved royal, when she passed away as a result of a car crash during a high-speed chase. The car crashed in a tunnel.
“If you ever want to go to Paris, fly don’t take the tunnel,” Rivers, 79, said on the show, ABC News reports.
The panel of Fashion Police had been critiquing an outfit worn by Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton when Rivers made the comment.
Brits Kelly Osbourne, who also works on the show, and Cat Deeley, who was a guest host that day, appeared to be stunned by the comment.
But Rob Shuter, Naughty but Nice host and friend of Rivers told ABC News “In Britain it’s very shocking. It’s a very different sense of humor over there. I think we’re used to Joan in America.”
“You have to remember the source and it’s Joan,” Shuter also said. He noted that Rivers has been a good friend of Prince Charles for many years.
“She took Kathy Griffin to Buckingham Palace,” he said. “That tells you that Joan Rivers knows them very well.”
However, British viewer Andrew Henry felt very differently about the comment.
He told The Daily Star “There are plenty of other subjects to make fun about in a show about fashion. But that was one step too far. Cruel, vicious and disgusting.”
What did you think about the comment, was it mean-spirited or just expected of Rivers?