Judge for Yourself: Joan Rivers vs. Carol Burnett
Two comedy icons seem to want you to believe they're in a horrible feud
In what appears to be one of the most obvious examples of fake reality TV ever broadcast, comedy icons Carol Burnett and Joan Rivers want you to believe they're in a horrible feud. The alleged altercation aired on "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Seeking a celebrity guest to appear at her grandson's school, Rivers supposedly ambushed Burnett in a restaurant. Pretending not to see two cameras in front of her face, Burnett rolled her eyes when the old friends hugged hello. (Rivers appeared on Burnett's '70s variety show three times .) Then Burnett declined the offer, explaining that she's "busy all of May."
When Rivers told Burnett she detected animosity, Burnett huffed out of the restaurant, uttering "Hawaii," a statement that we are now apparently expected to speculate about.
This seems like a case of two former pop-culture icons trying to use the tools of Kim Kardashian's trade to produce some of her headlines. If so, that's sad. Both of these septuagenarians are too brilliantly funny to lower themselves to this.
However, there are other possibilities. It could be a satire of reality TV. Maybe they think they're playing a hilarious practical joke that the viewing audience will easily fall for. Or maybe it was an intelligent attempt to generate exactly the kind of debate that it has.
Whatever happened here, reality obviously played no part in it.
"Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on WE.
OMFG . . . what the hell has happened to BOTH Joan and Carol? They don't look human anymore! And Dolly Parton, too!
I'm with Issac Mizrahi on this one - STOP THE FACEWORK. It's making people look like FREAKS!
The Year is 2012---how old are you? Forgetfulness setting in, needs attention.
Reality Shows are just that--not real life--
It is to get people interested and talking. Getting more viewers is the objectivity of the Rivers/Burnett "false feud".
All Celebs will do anything to keep their name in the Entertainment news--some even "die" too young from wanting to be remembered. Narcissists who feed on the people who do not have a life of their own. There's No Show like Showbusiness, as the phrase goes.