Joan Rivers doubled-down Wednesday on a joke she made Tuesday on the 'Today' show, saying her daughter's guest room was smaller than the basement the three captives shared in Ariel Castro's dungeon. She refused to apologize for the joke and even took it farther.
Joan Rivers has no sympathy for the women locked in Ariel Castro’s Cleveland “house of horrors.”
One day after Rivers compared on the "Today" her daughter’s cushy Malibu guestroom to the three women’s decade-long plight — “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space” — she doubled-down Wednesday on the inappropriate joke and called the victims freeloaders.
“They got to live rent free for more than a decade,” a defiant 80-year-old Rivers told TMZ on Wednesday.
The TV host and reality star brushed off the “little, stupid joke” on Wednesday, telling the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “I’m a comedienne.
“There is nothing to apologize for. I made a joke. That’s what I do. Calm down. Calm f------ down. I’m a comedienne. They’re free, so let’s move on,” Rivers told the newspaper.
The comments Tuesday drew grimaces from the “Today” hosts, prompting Rivers to ask, “Too soon?”
For the women, it was. Attorneys for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, two of the former captives freed May 6, called the “unfortunate comparison” both “shocking and disappointing."
“Our clients are strong, private women who have endured unwanted and often painful media attention for quite some time,” lawyers James Wooley and Heather Kimmel wrote in a statement. “They now have to endure this, which is a new low, and we believe a sincere apology is warranted.”
Rivers refused to apologize, telling TMZ the women are practically celebrities.
“One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They’re OK,” she said. “I bet you within 3 years one of them will be on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”