Chris Jericho sympathizes with everyone still mourning the Joan Rivers death, but when it comes to his personal dealings with the Queen of Mean, he isn’t impressed.
On a recent episode of the Talk Is Jericho podcast, Jericho unleashed on the former Emmy red carpet host, and in his position, it’s easy to see why.
Sharing the one experience that he had with Joan, Chris Jericho talks about how he was invited to be a part of the TV Guide Channel’s Emmy coverage one year, and that it was Rivers’ responsibility to “pitch” to him for some interviews and commentary.
Jericho had rearranged some things on his schedule to do the event because he thought it would be a terrific honor to appear with Joan Rivers.
Rivers herself was not averse to wrestling. In fact, a recent article from The Inquisitr details how Hulk Hogan gives credit to Rivers for becoming as popular as he did.
(Of course, take that with a grain of salt. Hogan likes to insert himself into popular news stories of the day.)
Anyhow, Chris Jericho jumped at the chance to appear alongside Joan Rivers, and then he waited. And waited. And waited. Before he knew it, an hour had passed and Joan hadn’t pitched to him once.
“And that’s when I realized she was never going to pitch to me. I was never going to be on the show,” Jericho said.
Chris said that he stood in the background, awkwardly, for the rest of the show “looking like an idiot,” and by the time the show was over, his suspicions were confirmed.
He never made an appearance.
After the show was over, the producer who booked Chris Jericho for the show apologized and told him that Rivers knew what she was supposed to do, but just decided she wasn’t going to do it. He also apologized to the WWE star profusely.
Now knowing the whole story, Jericho felt more insulted when Rivers came over and attempted to explain herself.
“Lo and behold Joan Rivers comes over and goes ‘Oh my God, who is this handsome guy? I saw you standing there the whole time and I was wondering why. I didn’t know I was supposed to pitch to you and no one ever told me I was supposed to pitch to you,’” Jericho explained, adding, “I’m thinking to myself ‘You are so full of s***, lady.’ I already know the story so don’t build it up like that, and I’m just looking at her, and then she’s like ‘Let me tell you what I’m going to do — let me give you my assistant’s card and I’ll have him send you some autographed pictures and if you ever need me to come on Raw, and support you, just give me a call and I’ll come back you up.’”
For Jericho, that made it even worse.
“And I was like, ‘Wow, the gall, she didn’t pitch it to me, she shuts me out of the show, and now she offers to mail me autograph pictures and offered to appear on Raw which had about ten times the size of audience as her dumb TV Guide show.”
What do you think, readers? Do you blame Chris Jericho for sharing his miserable Joan Rivers experience now that she’s gone?