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ITV takes swearing Rivers off air

Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers insisted it was not her fault producers could not edit her swearing

US comic Joan Rivers has had an appearance on a daytime TV show cut short after swearing live on air.

The 75-year-old's outburst came when talking about actor Russell Crowe on ITV's Loose Women.

The star claimed she was expecting a time delay so the expletives could be bleeped out.

An ITV spokeswoman said: "Guests are always briefed that it is a live daytime show and are reminded not to swear or use inappropriate language."

She added: "An editorial decision was taken that Joan Rivers should not appear in the final part of the programme.

"We would like to apologise to Loose Women viewers for the inappropriate language used on today's show."

Everyone apologised - it was hilariously funny
Joan Rivers

Rivers, who is currently in the UK promoting her London acting debut in a self-penned autobiographical play, said she had warned the show: "Get ready to bleep."

She added that it was not her fault that producers did not have the facility to edit out bad language.

The star said she was having a great time talking with the panel, which included Jackie Brambles and Carol McGiffin, when she made the comments about Crowe.

"I said: 'I apologise.' Everyone apologised. It was hilariously funny."

During a commercial break, Rivers said producers took her off the set, adding that it was the first time she had been removed in 40 years and she was "thrilled".

However, she is prepared to return - but only on her terms.

"I would be delighted to go back if they would apologise and give me a gift."

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