Rivers’ interview called off after Sarah Palin jibe

London: Comedian Joan Rivers’ interview with Fox News has been cancelled after she described former Alaska governor Sarah Palin as “stupid and a threat” and blamed her for the Arizona shootings.

Rivers, 77, made her comments in an interview with TMZ in which she was asked whether Palin should be US president, and if she should be blamed for the recent attack on an Arizona congresswoman that left six people dead.

“I think Sarah Palin is an amazing woman. I think she represents everything strong a woman can be, and I think she should go someplace – to another planet – to show them, and get out of our face,” the Guardian quoted her as saying.

“They’re right to blame Sarah for the shootings. Go look at her website. This woman is encouraging sandbaggers to reload ... this woman is just stupid and a threat,” she said.

According to CNN, the actress revealed that just after the interview with TMZ, her agent received a call cancelling her appearance on Fox and Friends.

“We got called. So now we call it Fox and Former Friends. They said to our PR lady it was because of what we said about Miss Palin,” Rivers revealed.

Fox has however disputed Rivers’ account, claiming that “the volume of news topics” meant there was no room for her on the show, and that she should have been rescheduled but was mistakenly cancelled.