Joan Rivers, Mel Gibson

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Joan Rivers thinks she could be the reason behind Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic rants. And to make matters worse, it may have something to do with something she wore...

Rivers will never forget her worst red carpet fashion disaster. "There's a picture of me talking to Mel Gibson years ago," the comedy legend says. "I'm wearing a dress. It was navy with pink ruffles on the top. It just didn't work. But I was talking to Mel Gibson, so I guess I deserved to be looking like an asshole."

Rivers laughs when I suggest, "Maybe that's why he doesn't like Jews."

"I think we've hit on something brilliant here," she exclaims. "It's because of the dress! The navy and pink ruffle dress turned Mel Gibson into a Jew-hater!"

But enough about Mr. Gibson.

Let's get to Rivers' return to E! Not only is she hosting Monday's Fashion Police Emmy special, but she'll be doing the same every Friday on the network's upcoming new weekly F.P. series with panelists Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and celeb stylist George Kotsiopoulos.

"Fashion should be fun," Rivers asserts. "It's about having a good time and almost being a transvestite. They do it the right way. I think whatever you wear, you should put one more piece on. You should be over-the-top. So what if it's not perfect. One in five outfits you should miss. That means you're having a good time."

Rivers says she's looking forward to seeing what True Blood newlyweds Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer will be wearing. However, that doesn't mean she's jumped on the vampire bandwagon. "At my age, it's the third go-around for me with vampires," notes the 77-year-old Rivers. "I was there when Anne Rice came out with Interview With the Vampire and I was also there with the original ones in Transylvania."


Tune in Monday at 10 p.m. for a post-Emmys edition of Fashion Police.

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