Debuting tonight at 5 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Channel 99, Jerry Lewis’ Town Hall chat with Maria Menounos is bound to be as memorable as that episode of Law & Order: SVU where he played the uncle of Richard Belzer’s character.
At one point, Lewis brings up some old, unfinished Joan Rivers business:
“I always feel bad when somebody passes away,” Jerry told Maria. “Except if it was Joan Rivers.”
“Noooo, you don’t mean that!” countered Maria, to which Jerry gave a long, solemn nod. “You do??” He does.
“Joan attacked me in the press. All she said was, ‘Jerry Lewis has to be thankful that he has the telethon, because it helps his career. And then she went on and was even a little more salty. So I wrote her a note that night. I said, ‘Dear Ms. Rivers, we’ve never met, and I’m looking forward to keeping it that way. If you find it necessary to discuss me, my career, or my kids ever again, I promise you I will get somebody from Chicago to beat your goddamn head off.’”
Rivers likes to feed off this kind of controversy, so expect another salty retort from her, shortly.
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