Joan Rivers on Ohio Kidnap Victims: They Got to Live Rent-Free For a Decade!!

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Joan Rivers apparently has no sympathy for the women locked in Ariel Castro’s Ohio “house of horrors” for a decade before their rescue last year.

Rivers compared her daughter’s Malibu guestroom to the three women’s plight, saying, “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space.”

That was on the Today show, and she doubled down on the comment Wednesday with another inappropriate joke, calling the victims freeloaders.

“They got to live rent free for more than a decade,” the defiant Rivers, 80, told TMZ, and when asked for comment by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, said:

“I’m a comedienne. There is nothing to apologize for. I made a joke. It’s what I do. Calm down. Calm f--k down. I’m a comedienne. They’re free, so let’s move on."

For the women involved, the jokes didn't go over well.

Attorneys for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, two of the former captives freed May 6, called the “unfortunate comparison” both “shocking and disappointing."

They said the women have endured immense pain and this is "a new low" that warrants an apology, despite the fact that Rivers is an equal-opportunity offender.

She's known for outspoken comments about people in the public eye ... most recently joking about Lindsay Lohan's miscarriage (see video below).

But did Joan Rivers cross a line this time?

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and a third woman, Michelle Knight, escaped last year. Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, hanged himself in prison in September.


Thats what joan does, shes a riot. The freeloader stuff was less funny than the space joke, but they sell their story, whats the issue, joan didn't pay them? Now they can get paid for more interviews. They should send joan a thank you note


This woman should be banned from ever speaking publicly again! She is tasteless, rude, insulting, and disgusting!! Her comments are in the poorest of taste. Stop giving her any TV or airtime.....a complete loser and disgrace to humanity! There is no humor is what she says, period!!

@ faith

Agree!!! This is the lowest most disgusting thing she could ever say. She needs to get over herself and realize these types of "jokes" is not funny at all. If it was her daughter in the situation these 3 girls had to endure I bet she wouldn't be that eager to joke about it. If someone made a joke about her daughter in that situation she wouldn't find it so funny would she!! Joan Rivers is dirt under my shoes!!

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