Joan Rivers Gets Anti-Defamation League All Hot and Bothered Over Holocaust Joke

Joan Rivers went on Letterman this week and made fun of Adele for being fat.

Surprisingly, that didn't get her in near as much trouble as a compliment she gave Heidi Klum earlier in the week.

"The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens," Rivers said on Monday's Oscars-themed episode of Fashion Police.

It took two whole days, but the remark finally made its way to Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman, who issued a statement calling Joan's joke "so vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans, that we cannot believe it made it to the airwaves."

The statement also insist that "of all people, Joan Rivers should know better."

Rivers, who has made Holocaust-invoking remarks in the past, told the Hollywood Reporter she does know better, which is why she made the joke in the first place.

"My husband lost the majority of his family at Auschwitz and I can assure you that I have always made it a point to remind people of the Holocaust through humor," she said.

Though in no way an apology, Rivers latest response to an ADL outcry is certainly far more thoughtful and reserved than in year's past.

Following the aforementioned Costco flap, Rivers had exactly four words for Foxman: "Shut the fuck up!"

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