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.
I didn't appreciate some of the ageist comments about Joan and/or Carol being washed up, old, and the plastic surgery comments have got to stop! If these women were your grandmothers, you would applaud them for still working well into their 70's - and looking this great. Since they are in the public eye, their (somewhat misguided) perception is that as actresses, they must look young and pulled and they are not permitted to age like our grandmothers are. In order to keep working and seem relevant in this youth oriented biz called show business, where actresses over 40 are starving, these two class acts continue getting gigs and they continue to reinvent themselves. You 40 somethings who are making fun of their plastic surgery hey I don't think they did a great job on Tina Fey and she'll look like a freak at 70 since she started getting pulled at such a young age too. Not to mention Meg Ryan and a slew of others. Yes this was staged but at least Joan helped out an old friend and gave her a gig because Carol has not worked much lately and got a little payola for going along with the satire.
Wow! You mean real TV Stars now want to be on television by doing reality tv? I find this shocking that they have the nerve to reclaim the medium from Snooky and all the talentless people who have stolen the airwaves and ratings for the last few years!
Jeez, people I mean these two ladies gave countless hours of their lives rehearsing and performing for your entertainment! They have more talent in their pinkies than all your reality beach houses and islands put together! I also loved that Rosanne Barr and real celebrities have figured out a way to try to make this crap at least a little entertaining!
I love the show and Joan Rivers. Her humor has always been on the edge and sarcastic and she pokes more fun at herself than anyone else. I was hoping that Carol would not have truly been angry with her and that it was staged. Joan has been through a lot in her life and she keeps on kicking and is teaching her daughter to do the same. BRAVO Joan and BRAVO Carol if she went along for the joke. I truly do not believe Carol would have acted mad on camera if not for a joke. Carol is a class act and always has been.
Realism in TV well - come on!! Really how realistic is it all???
About the Catholic joke that was mentioned in a comment on here - it was the truth - it did happen - and it wasn't funny but more ironic really.
Grow up – If you don’t like Joan Rivers then why are you watching the show. It was a riff – totally scripted and well set up. To the characters who think Joan is over get a life. If you were 10% as funny or successful you’d have a great career. I’ll bet you think the Kardasian and Housewives is totally genuine,
you really need a vaginal probe.
Yes, it was staged but who cares??? It's television and Joan and Carol are actresses, what do you expect? It was funny, entertaining, and I love them both. And for those of you who are upset about it, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny aren't real, either.