UPDATE: Joan told E! News in a statement: "I do not do, and never have done, PR 'stunts.' The CNN interviewer was a news reporter and not an entertainment reporter. She did not seem to understand we were talking about a comedy book and not the transcripts from the Nuremberg Trial. Every question was an accusatory one designed to put me on the defensive. She seemed to miss the point that Diary of a Mad Diva is simply a very funny book and as Winston Churchill said, if you can make one person laugh, even for a minute, it's like giving them a little vacation."
It's safe to say Joan Rivers wasn't amused by this CNN anchor's humor.
During an interview with Fredricka Whitfield, the E! Fashion Police host shot back after the journalist called her comments on the show "mean."
"It's not mean. I tell the truth," Rivers said. "I'm sure I say the same things that all your viewers say to their friends sitting next to them on the couch. We're one of the few shows that says ‘That's an ugly dress' and that's okay."
As for criticism that Rivers jokes about things that are generally off limits, the comedian said, "Life is very tough, and if you can make something easier and funny do it. I don't know what your life has been like but I know a lot of people who have gone through hell…Winston Churchill said if you make someone laugh, you give them a vacation. And maybe you take the worst thing in the world, make it funny and give them a vacation from horror."