Joan Rivers at TCA: Red carpet not fun anymore

Joan and Melissa Rivers didn’t agree on much during their TCA press tour panel promoting their upcoming WEtv reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? But one topic in which they were in perfect alignment on was the state of red carpets during Hollywood award shows.

“It’s gotten too controlled,” Melissa told the nation’s TV critics. “There are a few sort of paradigms shifts would change it significantly. Unfortunately, it would be such an expensive undertaking and E! is doing fine with Ryan [Seacrest] and Julianne [Hough].”

Joan, naturally, was a bit more blunt.

“It’s not fun,” she says. “Five years ago, you could say ‘Julia Roberts, I hate your dress,’ and she’d laugh. But now these publicists will kill you and say, ‘You won’t get the next six people!'”

Joan and Melissa, you’ll recall, were booted from covering the red carpet live on E! In Joan Knows Best?, the senior Rivers moves to California to live with her daughter and hijinks (and shouting) ensue.

One critic asks about a scene in which the duo fight about whether Joan has had too much plastic surgery.

“No such thing!” Joan says.

“And I disagree,” Melissa counters.

“Because you’re not my age.”

J&M had the first TCA panel on Friday morning after Thursday afternoon’s session concluded with Oprah Winfrey’s epic monologuing. Joan had a joke ready: “I wish we could have started this half an hour earlier so we could have seen the end of Oprah.”

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  • Jon

    Yeah, publicists should stand idly by while you use their clients to roll out your 1959-era vaudeville punchlines because it helps extend your past-due career. Joan’s stint on “Celebrity Apprentice” showed you the bitterness in her humor comes from the insecure and petty center of her character. Not to mention her face looked like a chewed-up wad of bubblegum.

    • Zach

      OK, but just get over yoursel.f

    • Bebe

      Wow, Jon. You really take publicists and their insecure celebrity clients WAY too seriously. Which makes me think you are one or the other. In either case, you’re getting paid. Stop whining like a beyotch.

  • jfms777

    Very funny remark about Oprah.

  • Laura

    It’s Giuliana Rancic, not Julianne Hough. And I love E!’s current red carpet, and so do plenty of other people, that’s why it’s successful.

  • Lisa

    The rules on the Red Carpet were changed BECAUSE of Joan.

    People walking the Red Carpet complained about her.
    They didn’t want to be harassed by her anymore.

    That’s why she was removed from E and NO other Network will hire her for the Red Carpet.

    Her story maybe that “it’s no fun” which is true I suppose when you haven’t been invited !

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