Sideshow: Joan Rivers defends her Holocaust joke

Jennifer Aniston's Oscar down-do is explained (see "Gossip petits fours").
Jennifer Aniston's Oscar down-do is explained (see "Gossip petits fours"). (CARLO ALLEGRI / Invision / AP)
Posted: March 01, 2013

Joan Rivers has refused to apologize for making a Holocaust joke Monday on her E! show, Fashion Police, that has Jewish leaders up in arms.

"The last time a German looked this hot," Rivers, 79, said of German-born model Heidi Klum's tight gold Oscar-night dress, "was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens."

Rivers doubled over laughing while her fellow E! journos looked uncomfortably at her.

The Anti-Defamation League has asked Rivers to issue a formal apology, calling her remark "vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans."

ADL boss Abraham Foxman adds, "of all people, Joan Rivers should know better."

Rivers remains unbowed. "My husband lost the majority of his family at Auschwitz, and I can assure you that I have always made it a point to remind people of the Holocaust through humor," she said, referring to her second husband, Edgar Rosenberg, who committed suicide in 1987.

E! has yet to comment.

Matt Damon to marry again

No, he's not a bigamist, but Luciana Barroso's husband, Matt Damon, 42, plans to have a second wedding - with Luciana. People magazine says Matt and Luciana, who were wed in a boring City Hall ceremony in Manhattan in 2005, are planning, in secret, a super-secret special wedding celebration for April.

Billie Joe: I'm a blackout drinker

Now that he has completed his outpatient rehab and finalized plans to go on tour, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong is ready to explain just how he found himself in need of drug and alcohol treatment.

He hit rock bottom in September, when he lost it on stage at the I Heart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas, and launched into a profanity-laced tirade, Rolling Stone mag says. "I'm a blackout drinker," Billie tells the mag. "That's basically what happened" that night.

Billie, who turned 41 on Feb. 17, says not only was he drinking heavily, he also had become hooked on a combination of anxiety and sleeping medications.

"That was gruesome, laying on the bathroom floor and just feeling like . . . ," Billie says, describing the withdrawal he had to go through. His wife of nine years, Adrienne, supported him through that agony and helped him keep their sons Joseph and Jakob in the dark.

Gossip petits fours

Celeb-gossip-writer-turned-mini-celeb, Perez Hilton ( Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr.) says on his site he has become the father of a "beautiful and healthy baby boy - with lots of hair on his tiny head!" He omitted to mention names of the baby or his mum. . . . Jennifer Lopez's ex Marc Anthony, 44, and his new, younger gf Topshop heiress Chloe Green, 21, have been photographed taking J.Lo and Marc's twins, Max and Emme, 5, to Disneyland. (At 43, J.Lo is 2.047619047619048 times Chloe's age.) . . . Been up all week wondering why Jennifer Aniston wore her hair down in combo with the red Valentino number she wore on Oscar night? "She wanted to keep the makeup natural and the hair natural," her stylist Chris McMillan tells People. . . . Knew the Oscars were good for something: Adele's Oscar-winning song "Skyfall" sold 56,000 downloads in the days following the Oscar broadcast, a 56 percent jump, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Fan apologizes for shoe-ing Styles

A Glaswegian fan identified on her Twitter page as Jade Anderson, 14, has apologized for causing injury to heartthrob Harry Styles' groin at Tuesday's One Direction concert in Glasgow when she threw her shoe on stage. Styles doubled over; bandmates Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik came to his aid; he took a few breaths; then returned to his full glory. After her assault, Jade tweets, "security came and took me out the concert then i got my shoe back hahahaha." Styles let her back in the show.

Added Jade, "i never meant to hurt you."

Cannes snags Spielberg

Cannes Film Festival honchos are high-fiving (or whatever French cineastes do) big time: After years of trying, they've snagged blockbuster film maestro Steven Spielberg as president of the 2013 Cannes award jury.

Festival prez Gilles Jacob said Thursday that Spielberg begged off year after year, saying he was too busy. This time, the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial helmer agreed with a self-referential message.

"When this year I was told 'E.T., phone home,' I understood and immediately replied: 'At last'!" Jacob said.

Tom Petty announces tour

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will begin a world tour May 16 in Evansville, Ind., that'll bring them to the Firefly Festival in Dover, Del., on June 21 through 23. Tix are already on sale. Info: http://fireflyfestival.com/.


This article includes information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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