Carol Burnett has awkward encounter with Joan Rivers on reality show
What is Carol Burnett's beef with Joan Rivers?
The two comediennes and actresses had what appeared to be an awkward encounter on a recent episode of Rivers' WE tv reality show "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best."
In the scene, Rivers, 78, approaches Burnett, 78, in a restaurant, where she is dining with a male companion. Burnett tells her: "You've done something," referring to her frequent plastic surgery procedures, to which Rivers replies: "A little, yes. New chin, new nose. Cheekbones."
She then asks Burnett if she could appear at a fundraiser her daughter Melissa is organizing for her son Cooper's school.
"I really can't, Joan," Burnett says.
"I didn't give you the date," Rivers replies. "It's Memorial Day Weekend."
"Oh, I'm sorry, I'm busy all of May," Burnett says.
Rivers tells her she feels "an animosity" from her.
"What is it?" she asks.
"Hawaii," Burnett says as she slaps her napkin down on the table and prepares to walk away. "Hawaii!"
According to WE tv, Rivers once "ruined a family trip" Burnett had in Hawaii and the comedienne has never forgiven her for it.
UPDATE: The scene was scripted, as many reality shows are. Burnett told The Windy City Times in January that Rivers had called her and asked her to appear on her reality show. Rivers' friend and comedy writer Kenny Solms, who was also Burnett's dining companian on the episode, had helped set up the reunion.
"She asked me to do it and I said, 'Sure, what the heck?' Burnett said. "They rented out tables in a restaurant near where I live. We just had a little scene in a restaurant together. It was very easy and we kind of improvised. We knew where we were going with the plot, we shot it a couple of times, and that was it."
"She sent me the most gorgeous bouquet; there were roses, and I don't know what all-there was a forest!" Burnett added about Rivers. "It lived a long time and was just beautiful."
Burnett also told the newspaper that she is not "thrilled" about reality shows "only because they are so inexpensive and putting good writers out of business."
The episode, which aired on February 28, marked the first time the two have been on screen together since Rivers appeared on Burnett's sketch comedy series, "The Carol Burnett Show," for the third time in 1975.
Burnett has been keeping busy in recent years with her own television projects. In September 2011, she reprised her role of Verla Grubs on two episodes of the ABC soap opera "All My Children," just before it aired its final episode. The year before, she guest starred on the FOX series "Glee," playing Sue Sylvester's Nazi-hunting mother. Burnett told The Windy City Times, when asked if she would want to appear on the show again: "Oh, sure."
The actress also portrays the character of Hara in the U.S. version of the animated movie "The Secret World of Arrietty," which was released on February 17.