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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robert on

I think paltrow is so full of it. she does it all just dosn’t want people to know. I wish she would just go away

Kathy on

Can Joan recommend a good plastic surgeon?

Lynn B on

No Joan you look scary NOW

You looked soooo damn much better before you started getting your touch ups Damn just say NO !!

Sarah on

Go Joan. Gwynnie needs to take her Goopy self and go stuff it. What a pompous old windbag Gwynnie has become!

stavo on

Joan is a class act. She does not take herself or anyone else too seriously. Her long-time comedy career has been successful in part by making fun of others but that is what comedians do; it is not to be taken seriously. She does not mean the things she says in her acts and TV shows and besides, those jokes are written by writers, she is just the messenger so why are the writers never seen as bad people? It’s human nature to take jabs at others but those with a good sense of humor are quite comfortable being on the receiving end of the jokes from time to time. It’s all in good fun.

Sarah on

Joan is a class act! Love her!

Katia on

I have been a fan of Joan Rivers since I was a kid! I love her comedy. And I love it that she doesn’t mind turning the joke on herself.

John Hamil on

Joan is an awsome woman for her age. I love how she loves to spend time with her grandson and go camping, rollercoasters, zip lines. I bet Paltrow could’nt keep up with Joan for one day. Too busy looking for carpets

Lynda on

Hey Gwen – quit taking yourself so seriously.

John Hamil on

Joan has more class that Paltrow will have in a lifetime. Joan is an amazing woman for her age. Paltrow needs to keep looking for carpets and stop fantisizing about Joan

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