Joan Rivers knows exactly what she's doing with this "PR" thing.
Don't Start With Me, Rivers' comedy special on Showtime, aired on Thursday night and is now running repeats. If this is the first you've heard of it, then I'm not alone: she's now blasting Showtime on The Huffington Post for ordering her to stop promoting the special.
"I think it's the best I have ever recorded," she told HuffPost. "Showtime were great, said do whatever you want. Pick any city you want, I picked Chicago. I adore Chicago. I haven’t played for four years. The feedback was great and then I noticed it was airing and I had done nothing to promote it." Rivers began booking promotional TV interviews herself.
But then Showtime, inexplicably, told her to cut it out, Rivers claims.
"Showtime sent me a cease and desist letter telling me they didn't want me to promote it,” Rivers said. “The first time in 60 years that a network said shut the f*** up. I’m talking to you wearing mask! I think they are all crazy. They don’t know what the f*** to do. ... They are all drunk over at Showtime. I think they are all bipolar. I don't care, but the sad thing is they are blowing every opportunity."
Aw, come on, Joan. After 50+ years in the business, you should know that PR people are, as a rule, terrible at PR.
What gives, Showtime? Stop putting all your eggs in the Homeland basket and show Joan Rivers some respect.
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