Comedienne Joan Rivers never pulls her punches, with some criticizing the Fashion Police host for going too far during a February appearance on The Late Show With Dave Letterman. In a recent interview, she defended comments she made on Letterman’s show about British singer Adele’s weight, arguing that it’s not “mean” to call her “chubby.”
During the February 26 appearance on Letterman, the 79-year-old recalled that she had met 24-year-old Adele at the Academy Awards. She then made a gesture referencing the British crooner’s weight.
“She was very scared because she was singing at the awards. She kept saying, ‘My throat, my throat — I don’t know if I can swallow,'” Rivers recalled. “And I said, ‘Oh, yeah! You can swallow.”
During a March 29 HuffPost Live interview, Rivers was asked about her controversial Late Show comments. She defended what she said about Adele, insisting that it’s not offensive to say what she said.
“It’s not mean. She’s a chubby lady who’s very, very rich, and she should just calm down — or lose weight! She wanted an apology, so I took an ad out on her ass. I said, ‘You are not fat.’ And then I had room for a lot of other ads,” Rivers remarked. “Adele is beautiful and successful and has what, $100 million? Let’s face reality: she’s fat!”
In addition to her spot on Fashion Police, Rivers is informally the “fat police” as well, having criticized a number of celebrities for their weight in the past. In 2011, she criticized Christina Aguilera for her weight gain, saying “She looked like a pig,” during her National Anthem performance at the Super Bowl, and reasoned that she forgot the lyrics because she was “thinking about food.”
Rivers has even advised Oprah Winfrey to trim down. In 1985, Rivers called out Oprah during an interview for gaining 50 pounds. “You shouldn’t let that happen to you,” she said to Winfrey. “You’re a pretty girl and you’re single. You must lose the weight!
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