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There's a new war of words this week between Joan Rivers, Sarah Palin and FOX News after FOX called Joan's outrage over a canceled appearance a "publicity stunt."
The drama started Friday, after Joan proclaimed that Palin "is just stupid and a threat" and "they're right to blame Sarah for the shooting" in response to the recent Tucson tragedy, apparently referring to Palin's controversial target list map of Democrats in gun crosshairs from her Facebook page.
"She's so out of my radar, except as a joke," says Joan of Palin.
The comment may have bumped Joan and daughter Melissa from a scheduled appearance to promote their new WE TV show "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" on "FOX and Friends" -- which happens to be Palin's network as a paid contributor. FOX claims that due to the volume of news topics their booker mistakenly canceled Joan's appearance, but they are in the process of booking her on an upcoming show. Today, a spokesperson told the Daily News if "Joan doesn't want to come on the morning program where she was invited to push her next project that's no problem. We have plenty of people begging for a spot."
"This is called damage control and they are out-and-out liars," says Joan. "I would like to take a lie detector test. I think it would make great reality television. I wish our show, which is coming on the air now, I wish this was one of the episodes. Let's get them in and on FOX let's take a lie detector test."
"I'm not a huge fan, but it's not something I really spend most of my day thinking about," says Melissa of Palin. As for whether or not she believes the crosshairs on Palin's site can be linked to the Tucson shooting, she says, "You just have to be careful. Words do incite emotions. It's like yelling 'Fire!' in a crowded theater. You're not supposed to do it."
Joan adds, "As Howard Stern said today so brilliantly, 'If they took Bristol Palin's face and put it on the Internet with crosshairs and gave her address, I think Sarah Palin would have had something to say about that.' The hypocrisy gets me crazy on every level."
"Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" premieres Tuesday, January 25 on WE TV at 9 p.m. ET/PT.