Joan Rivers Responds to Gwyneth Paltrow: 'She Should See What I Look Like Without Botox - That's Scary!'

04/12/2013 at 01:46 PM ET

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The first thing we thought when we read Gwyneth Paltrow‘s comparison of her Botoxed face to Joan Rivers‘s was: What would Joan have to say about that?

Lucky enough, Rivers called Friday to answer just that. (“I would have written the response myself, but I have so much Botox in my thumbs, I can’t type,” she quipped.)

“First reaction: ‘Ooh, she watches Fashion Police!'” Rivers tells PEOPLE, laughing. “It just made me laugh. She says Botox made her scary like Joan Rivers? She should see what I look like without Botox. That’s really scary!”

And Rivers says she’s able to laugh about jabs like that because she’s already in on the joke. “I’ve always been open about what I do, because I want [women] to be able to get Botox and not look like a Sharpei,” she says. “[Lying about having work done] is such a put down to women. It says to the average woman: ‘I’m beautiful naturally and you’re not.'”

Her advice to Paltrow? Stop taking yourself too seriously. “You’ve got the golden ring, enjoy it!” she says. And one last parting thought? “If she lived in New York, I’d tell her to go to hell,” she jokes. But since Paltrow’s now a Londoner, Rivers affects a British accent: “Go to Halifax!”

Tell us: What did you think about Paltrow’s comment? Do you agree with Rivers?

–Alex Apatoff

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gmalady on

PS…why does the media keep showing Joan’s pictures from years ago, why don’t they just show her the way she really is today?? Baffling….

Susanne Cheyne on

Joan is a class act!! Work or no work done on the face she still out shines most people in her business. She;s been around for a long time is is still WORKING !!!

Pinkdaisyny on

Good answer Joan, funny and light! Go rot Gwen!!!

Rose on

I can’t stand Goop face. She is so desperate to be relevant. Joan Rules.

Janis on

You go, Joan! Love her!!!

jamie on

she looks worse then a sharpei ! more like an alien! stop screwing with your face woman!

Peggy on

That’s Joan Rivers? I thought it was the “Bride of Wildenstein…”

stEVEN on

Can we talk here? Joan has been unbelievabley coarse toward most if not all other women, so nothing new. Paltrow was right on target, besides Joan looks like something out of a bad horror movie.
I cannot help wondering what year Rivers purchased that mask she wears? Was it back in the 1920’s or before? Exactly what is her real age? I understand she was born pre-record keeping for in home births.
Joan can dish and she can take, Paltrow was not being mean, merely factual. What is amazing is Rivers hasn’t altered in all the many, many, many decades since TV’s Tonight SHow first had her> OOpsie, I mean when Johnny first had her…Ow, that can’t be right. nobody actually ever had her.
Love you Joanie, meeeeow!
Gwyneth, guess you’ll have the need to choose your targets a bit more carefully.

Maleficent on

Joan is pretty cool. I love her honesty!
Gwyneth is and always has been very annoying.

Danielle on

Joan is so funny, that I watch Fashion Police every time the show it……..

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