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'They lived rent free for a decade!' Joan Rivers REFUSES to apologize for mocking Cleveland kidnap victims as she hurls more insults

The comedienne caused outrage on Wednesday when she compared her daughter's guest room with the captivity the women experienced at the home of Ariel Castro.

  • Comedienne quipped on Wednesday that 'those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space' than she did while filming new reality show
  • Lawyers for two of the women branded the comments hurtful
  • But Rivers has reportedly refused to apologize - telling the women to lighten up and take a joke
  • Today show hosts said on Thursday that they did not condone the 'joke'

 

Joan Rivers has refused to apologize to the three women who were held captive in a basement for nearly a decade after joking at their expense - and has hurled even more insults at them.

The comedienne caused outrage on Wednesday when she compared her daughter's guest room with the captivity the women experienced at the home of Ariel Castro.

'Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space,' she quipped on the Today show.

And later, after the women's lawyers branded her comments hurtful, Rivers said the women really shouldn't be complaining.

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Poor taste: Joan Rivers, pictured with her daughter on the Today show, sparked outrage when she made a joke at the expense of the Cleveland kidnap victims - but she has refused to apologize

Poor taste: Joan Rivers, pictured with her daughter on the Today show, sparked outrage when she made a joke at the expense of the Cleveland kidnap victims - but she has refused to apologize

'They got to live rent free for more than a decade,' she defiantly told TMZ.

'One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They're ok. I bet you within three years one of them will be on Dancing with the Stars.'

The 80-year-old sharp-tongued television host brushed off her joke as she spoke to a local paper in Cleveland.

There is nothing to apologize for,' she told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 'I know what those girls went through. It was a little stupid joke. There is nothing to apologize for. 

Joan Rivers mocks Cleveland kidnapping victims {VIDEO}
Cleveland Captives
Cleveland Captives

Anger: Attorneys for Amanda Berry, 27 (left), and Gina DeJesus, 24, (right) called the comments 'hurtful'

House of horrors: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held captive at this Cleveland home

House of horrors: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held captive at this Cleveland home

'I made a joke. That's what I do. Calm down. Calm f***ing down. I'm a comedienne. They're free, so let’s move on.'

A Wednesday statement from attorneys for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus had called Rivers' earlier remark about their captivity hurtful and shocking.

The attorneys say the women have endured painful media attention and the comment is 'a new low' that warrants an apology.

On Thursday, Today show host Willie Geist - who had gasped alongside his fellow hosts when Rivers made the quip earlier in the week - said they did not condone what she had said.

'We regret her comment was made on our air - deeply and truly,' he said. 'I hope our reactions in real time show that way we felt about her attempted joke... We obviously didn't find it funny and we didn't approve of it.'

Cleveland Captives

Cleveland Captives

Rivers' publicist hasn't responded to messages seeking comment.

Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 24, and Michelle Knight, 33, were held captive at Castro's Cleveland home after being kidnapped from the streets of Cleveland between 2002 and 2004.

Knight, Amanda Berry and DeJesus escaped when Berry pushed out a door and yelled for help.

She told a police dispatcher in a dramatic 911 call: 'Help me. I'm Amanda Berry. I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years, and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now.'

Castro pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. He hanged himself on September 3, just weeks into his sentence.

The women were household names in Cleveland for years as missing persons, and their discovery electrified a community accustomed to bleaker outcomes.

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Comment by Anthony Phoenix on May 9, 2014 at 11:10am

Not everything people say is funny to all people she could say I'm sorry at least!

Comment by Lask on April 28, 2014 at 1:00pm

Only Joan would think of making such comment. Never in my wildest thoughts would I have ever thought of that.

 

Comment by Amuse Me on April 27, 2014 at 11:18am
Joan is just doing what she does best, I think it's not coming from a place of malice. Everyone need to stop pretending to be so damn PC and get over it
Comment by MC SMILEY on April 26, 2014 at 3:50pm

BE THE BIGGER AND APOLOGIZE IF MELISSA WAS IN THEIR SHOES IT WOULDNT BE FUNNY

Comment by MC SMILEY on April 26, 2014 at 3:49pm

AUNTIE J YOU HAVE A WEIRD SENSE OF HUMOR BUT I MUST ADMIT THATS A LITTLE TOO FAR 

Comment by Pearl Green on April 25, 2014 at 6:12pm

I don't see it as a joke from a comedian I see it as a joke from a jew.   Why...Because if those woman were jews and someone outside of the jewish community had said what she said in they were employed in the media world they would be condemned and made to apologize and/or forced to resign.

I agree she is a comedian, but how do you think the woman feel about her joke or their family????????

What if any of the woman were your Mother, Sister, Wife....   Oh now it's NOT o.k. to be insensitive towards the victims...

Be careful what you say, think about how you would feel if the situation was personal.   You would be screaming off with the old b**** head...

No it's not o.k.. 

Comment by pinky on April 25, 2014 at 5:20pm
MAD I mean
Comment by pinky on April 25, 2014 at 5:20pm
MR1STOKE. She make me laugh Yes love Kevin hart but try watching her just one u will see she is man funny an Yes she is old but she funny to me...
Comment by mr1stroke on April 25, 2014 at 4:49pm

@pinky the statement she be making are always offensive to other people, she is just old and ignorant, thats why i really dont follow through and she is too old to make me laugh ill stick with Kevin heart and Sheryl Underwood

Comment by pinky on April 25, 2014 at 4:41pm
Mr1stoke I understand but u know Joan rivers not going to say sorry... if she do she will being in a joke... I love the old lady

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