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Joan Rivers' Whitney Houston Joke In New Book: Too Far?

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Joan Rivers has never been one to hold back her jokes in the name of good taste, but a joke at the expense of Whitney Houston, which is included in Joan's new book "I Hate Everyone... Starting With Me," may shock even the more forgiving of comedy fans.

Michael Musto of the Village Voice posted the Houston passage, which is in the section about traveling around the country:

I hate Houston. It's crawling with bugs. ...Oh, wait, that's Whitney Houston; I'm sorry, my bad. (Can I just mention that Whitney looked fabulous at the Grammys? She was in mahogany from head to toe.)

Houston died unexpectedly in February, with drugs suspected to play a part in her accidental death. Her body was found in her hotel room the day before the Grammys, which included a last-minute tribute to the multi-platinum recording artist.

Apparently, Rivers felt that enough time had passed to tell her Houston joke. In February, right after Houston's death, she told Andy Cohen that she had a joke but pulled it after Houston died.

The concept of "too soon" has never been one that Rivers takes particularly seriously. A stand-up veteran of over fifty years who still writes and performs at the age of 78, she still occasionally causes waves for making light of tragedies. She shocked some with a recent comment at the SAG Awards that Sofia Vergara is "more top heavy than an Italian cruise ship," soon after the Costa Concordia sank in January.

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