08/15/2014 01:16 pm ET Updated Aug 15, 2014

Dick Cavett Rips Robin Williams Daily News Cover: 'Yellow Journalism'

Much of the media focus surrounding Robin Williams' death has been on the explicit and often invasive details of the actor's suicide. Williams' long time friend and fellow comedian Dick Cavett took particular offense with a recent New York Daily News cover, calling it "crap."

When host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani showed Cavett the cover, with the headline "HANGED" and bullet points: "tied a belt around his neck" and "slashed wrist with a penknife," Cavett called it "yellow journalism."

"This is the kind of crap that sells tabloid newspapers and there isn't much you can do about it because the public rewards it by buying it and eating it up," Cavett said. "It's none of your damn business what his details were but it's something we must live with."

Cavett isn't the only one taking offense to the Daily News cover. Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl created an alternative front page depicting a more sympathetic narrative that emphasizes Williams' character as opposed to his death.

Watch the full interview with Dick Cavett here.

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