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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Emily Leonard on

i love joan! her honesty is refreshing.

Katie on

Love Joan!

Linda on

Good for Joan Rivers! She is taking the higher road.

totenham on


Lisa on

So true. No one cares what you do to “improve” or “change” yourself but I don’t get why women lie about it. Say “it’s none of your business” if you like – but don’t insult people and say that you’re all “natural”. Love Joan R. and Sharon O. for the honesty!

Diana on

Gwyneth should look so good when she is 80 years old. Pretty hard to criticize someone, when you haven’t walked in their shoes yet!!

Jane on

Are people seriously defending Joan Rivers? Do you guys not pay attention to all malicious jabs she throws weekly on Fashion Police? Are people not allowed to retaliate? Same applies to Perez Hilton and Wendell Williams (Yes, I’ve spelled her name that way.)

Guest on

Never have cared for the woman!

BeNIce on

Seeing as how she is forever putting celebrities down for their looks I think her response is appropriate. It would have been beyond hypocritical if she had been offended. Good for you, Joan!

Nancy on

Gotta love the truth, Joan. Do female stars think we don’t know? or notice? Of course, we are in on the joke, they arent naturally more beautiful or ageless!! Get real ladies!!

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