Friday, May 24, 2024

David Letterman Walks Out on Joan Rivers in Gag, Everyone Takes it Seriously


Are people really this dumb? On tonight’s Late Show with David Letterman, the host pretends to be affronted and walks out on guest Joan Rivers. CBS released an official clip that got picked up everywhere after 7pm, to promote the Letterman show. Did people really take this seriously? It was a JOKE. It was a GAG. Well, anything to pump up ratings. Joan has promoted her new book with a lot of media savvy, including walking off of CNN in a “huff.” Joan Rivers is a marketing genius, kids. Watch and see if it helps sales. What I really think is hilarious is that I’ve known Joan since the 80s, appeared several times on her talk shows, and now her publicist refuses to put her on the phone with me. Joan, if you’re out there, fire her and call me.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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