JOAN Rivers is one heck of a loud and obnoxious woman. She is also brash, insensitive and often times downright annoying.

But I love her to bits.

Every time I watch an episode of Fashion Police on E! I can’t help but think “OMG, this makcik is awesome!” She simply is.

There are many people who dislike the loud-mouthed TV veteran – and they all have valid reasons for that – but somehow, there’s something about the 78-year-old entertainer that is, well, entertaining.

* Joan *

That may simply be because she speaks the truth – the ugly truth that people secretly think but don’t say out loud, either because they’re too nice or they don’t want to be perceived as being rude.

A couple of days ago, there was a re-run of Fashion Police’s special episode on the Emmy Awards. During the show, Joan spoke of how annoyed she was with Glee star Lea Michele. Her choice of words were slightly offensive, but it was honest nonetheless.

It’s no secret that there has been several reports of Lea’s diva attitude on and off camera, but no one has called her out on it … until now.

The Fashion Police host called Lea “a girl with a huge ego” and even cracked this joke about her: “What is the difference between a cow and Lea Michele? A cow knows its s*** stinks.”


This “feud” started when Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland guest-hosted Fashion Police recently and she imitated (on Joan’s insistence) Lea’s signature pose during red carpet events.

The pose was dead on and everyone on set laughed, but Lea apparently created a huge fuss over the teasing later on and demanded an apology.

There’s no way a veteran comedienne like Joan would give in to the whims and fancies of a newbie star, and instead of apologising, she just basically told the younger girl, “bring it on, b****!”.

Joan is gutsy and we need more people like her in real life and on television but thankfully, she is not the only truth-dispensing, hard-talking and sometimes, rude TV personality out there.

We also have Simon Cowell – the man thousands of people want to slap for all the mean things he’s said on American Idol and now X-Factor US.

Simon is cruel in his criticism and harsh with his words but like Joan, he often gets away with his “mean” persona because of his sense of humour – however dry it may be.

How many times have you heard something from Simon (when he’s criticising a contestant) and said, “OMG, that’s exactly what I thought!”?

Well, he may convey his message with fancy English terms that mostly only Britons understand, but the underlying truth in them are undeniable.

Simon just says the things that we want to hear and sometimes, he tells the things that we agree with.

* Simon and Paula *

Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson (the other judges he’s worked with before on American Idol), however, would usually say the exact opposite of what Simon says. Now, it seems X-Factor’s Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid are being just like Paula and Randy, too.

Simon is not the only hard-talking guy on television out there.

Taking the top spot in ultimate rudeness on television are Masterchef US judges Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay. If you have seen them on that show, you’d know what they are all about.

While Joe is just a hard-to-please man, Gordon on the other hand is a hard-to-please, grumpy, foul-mouthed man. And they’re both awesome!

* Tough-talking judges *

In a recent Masterchef episode, Joe reprimands a contestant for not paying attention during judging and he just basically tore the contestant a new one. But that’s not the worst the audience has seen him at.

Remember the time when he threw a contestant’s presentation meal into a dustbin just because it wasn’t up to his expectations? The presentation was indeed crappy and Joe was just telling the truth.

That was during the first season of the show and Joe’s act cemented the fact that he’s a no-nonsense tough judge.

Well, even tougher than Joe is Gordon, who curses his way through the kitchen – not only in Masterchef but also during his other cooking show Hell’s Kitchen, and is most probably on many people’s “hate list”.

His demeanour is menacing and it’s obvious that contestants scramble to get on his good side for fear of having their heads chewed off by the crazy Briton when they make mistakes.

Yeah Gordon is difficult, crazy and downright mental but at the end of the day, just like Joan, Simon and Joe, he does what many can’t do. He tells the truth whether one likes it or not and that’s a tough job to do.

Now if only everyone else would follow suit …

Sharm says: OMG, can you imagine Joan, Simon and Gordon judging a show together? I’d die if that ever happens.

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