I can’t stand Joan Rivers. Although I find her show Fashion Police mildly amusing, Ms. Rivers often strikes me as an angry old stump of a woman who’s faking a raging case of turrets. She just says the first thing that comes out of her mouth for the sheer shock of it. Well now I think she’s crossed the line just a bit.
Joan is catching a ton of flak for making two Whitney Houston jokes that reportedly appear in her new book “I Hate Everyone… Starting With Me.”
The Village Voice reports that in her book on a section discussing travel, Rivers wrote:
“I hate Houston … it’s crawling with bugs. Oh, wait, that’s Whitney Houston; I’m sorry, my bad. (Can I just mention that Whitney looked fabulous at the Grammys? She was in mahogany from head to toe.)”
As we all know, Ms. Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room February of this year the day before the Grammys – and although Rivers gives us a bit of a disclaimer in the book’s description:
“uncensored and totally uninhibited (Rivers gives) the best of her worst to First Ladies, closet cases, hypocrites, Hollywood, feminists, and overrated historical figures,” and goes on to call the book an “honest, unabashedly hilarious love letter to the hater in all of us.”
…I am a firm believer that if as a comedian you must include tragic deaths in your set, that you should wait a few years before doing so.
I completely understand that making tasteless jokes is what Ms. Rivers is known for – she did it with Anna Nicole – and I’m sure she’ll do it again. With that being said, there’s funny tasteless and then there’s just tasteless – and unfortunately, River’s Whitney Houston jokes fall into the latter category.
So Joan, for your lack of couth and your terrible plastic surgery (I’m just sayin’), we crown you our Celebrity NON Role Model of the Week.
Designate your jokes to the living please.
My role model for this week is someone who’s near and dear to my heart.
There are three awesome things that I’ll always remember from growing up in the 90’s: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, high-top fades, and the Arsenio Hall show. His show was a breakout late night success from ’89 to ’94 and helped turn the Fox network into the juggernaut that it is today.
I always tuned in, excited to see what awesome guest he had lined up for the night. Remember when he had Bill Clinton on and he played the sax? Classic television… And let’s not talk about his ultimate side kick role in the cult classic Coming to America.
Unfortunately, Arsenio fell out of sight after his show’s cancellation in ’94… But now he’s back in business. After recently winning the Celebrity Apprentice showdown against Clay Aiken, Arsenio is now reportedly in a bidding war between three networks that want to bring his talk show back to T.V.
According to TMZ reports:
Arsenio Hall’s long-awaited talk-show comeback is finally picking up steam … TMZ has learned 3 networks are “very interested” in signing the comic to a TV deal.
Hall — who was crowned champion on “Celebrity Apprentice” last night — has been gunning to get back behind a desk ever since “The Arsenio Hall Show” went off the air back in 1994.
Now, with his new found Trump-powered momentum … sources tell us NBC and two other broadcast groups are all making a play for Arsenio … though it’s unclear if Hall would fit in daytime or late-night.
Arsenio, for biding your time, taking the right opportunities, and proving that sidekicks can make things happen too, we crown you our Celebrity Role Model of the Week.
Fist pumps and ‘whoop whoop’s’ for everyone!
Tune in next week for more celebs you love… and love to hate.