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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Sunny on

She has to be honest about her botched plastic surgery because it is so obvious. It would help her a lot if she was actually an attractive person but she’s just as botched on the inside. Sucks for Joan and how about that lawsuit? LoL

Jenn on

Love her response!!!

Martha on

How else she can answer that comment? she always makes fun of everyone. she cannot complain

Tara on

i think joan looks scary but i agree with her and love her honesty! i wish more celebrities would come clean with all the procedures they get because it is exactly like joan says … they pretend that they are naturally aging when we can all tell that they have had work. same with all these miraculous over 40 pregnancies resulting in fraternal twins … come on!

monica on

team joan

Money rules! on

I am from Canada and Halifax is a beautiful city with great people. Joan Rivers is always putting people down for their looks or fashion sense. She now thinks that it is OK to put down people depending of where they live. Well Joan may be you just put yourself down by your lack of class, which is in the end the ultimate in style and culture.

Guest on

Whatever… Joan is a horrible example for women, she is a lazy comedian… It’s easy to go for how someone looks, which is why Gweneth did it.

nanci on

i know without a doubt that Gwen will end up doing not only botox but many other fillers etc….just wait.

Kasha on

Joan Rivers makes a living by putting people down every week on TV. I live in Canada and Halifax is a beautiful city. Joan now thinks that it is OK to put people down depending of where they live. Well may be she just demonstrated that class is the ultimate in style and that she is sorely lacking in that department.

Tess on

Love Joan….let’s see what Gwynnie does when she’s a bit older.

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