OFFSTAGE: Joan Rivers Compares LeAnn Rimes to Angelina Jolie

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When LeAnn Rimes joined the Fashion Police (Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos) recently on the E! network, Joan Rivers didn’t really talk celeb fashion with her. She focused more on just the celeb part — especially how hard it is for Rimes, who Rivers said the press has treated “abominably.” Then, with her own unique take on Rimes’ marriage to Eddie Cibrian, Rivers said, “You got together with a married man? So did Angelina Jolie. And she’s become a [expletive] goddess.” Then the two talked about how much control the press can have over people’s lives and how they can twist any topic any way they want. “They can take it down a negative road, or if they want you to be happy and they love you, they’ll take it down that road,” Rimes said. But when Rivers asked her why she keeps picking fights on Twitter, Rimes said all she does is stand up for herself every once in a while. “Can you imagine the stuff I just let go? There’s tons of it,” she said.