Sideshow: Rivers won't say sorry for joke about captives

Posted: April 26, 2014

Rivers: No apologies

Joan Rivers says she will not apologize for jokes she made about the three women held captive for more than a decade in a Cleveland house. In one joke, she said the women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, "got to live rent-free for more than a decade."

On the Today show, Rivers said it's been tough sharing an apartment with her daughter Melissa. "Those women in the basement . . . had more space," she said. Berry and DeJesus' lawyers say the jokes are traumatizing.

"They're OK," TMZ quotes Rivers as saying of the women. "I bet you within three years one of them will be on Dancing with the Stars."

Talk to Dolly Parton . . .

The country legend will have a Twitter chat with fans (submit questions at http://bit.ly/DollyQA) for an hour Sunday at 4 p.m. before she hits the stage for a live show on QVC.

Rock 'n' balloons

Rock bands will perform on each of the three days of the annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport in Readington, in Hunterdon County: America on July 25; 3 Doors Down on July 26; and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts on July 27.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

  Legendary ego Lenny Kravitz will release his 10th studio LP, Strut, on Sept. 23, says Billboard. . . . White Collar's fedora-sportin' star Matt Bomer, 36, came out as a gay man in 2012. Now he tells Details mag he's been married to showbiz publicity exec Simon Halls since 2011 and that they have three sons. . . . . . . Meg Ryan, 52, will be the narrator on CBS' How I Met Your Mother spinoff sitcom How I Met Your Dad, declares Entertainment Weekly.


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