Comedian Joan Rivers is never afraid to offend, and this time she took aim at singer Adele, whom she met for the first time at the 2013 Academy Awards.
During her Feb. 26 appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Rivers repeatedly poked fun at Adele's weight (see video). After Letterman referred to the British singer as a "lovely woman," Joan puffed up her cheeks and held her hands out wide, referring to Adele's girth.
Minutes later, Joan, 79, quipped, "What’s her song? ‘Rolling in the Deep?’ She should add fried chicken." Despite boos from the audience, Rivers continued with the fat-shaming while discussing Adele's performance of her Oscar-winning song, "Skyfall."
Joan joked that Adele said, "My throat, my throat! I don’t know if I can swallow," making a reference to Adele's 2011 throat surgery. "I said, ‘Oh yeah, you can swallow.’ "
This isn't the first time Rivers has made fun of Adele's weight. After the Oscars, Rivers tweeted: “You could easily pick Adele's Oscar statuette out of a lineup. It was the only one wearing Spanx.” Shortly after the singer gave birth in October 2012, Joan tweeted: “Congratulations to Adele on the birth of her 68-pound, 8-ounce bouncing baby boy.”
Joan isn't the first celebrity to fat-shame Adele. In February 2012, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld said of Adele: "She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice." He later apologized.
Adele, 24, has insisted she's happy with her plus-sized curves and dismisses fat comments. "I've always been a size 14-16 and been fine with it," she said in an excerpt from her biography. "I would only lose weight if it affected my health or sex life, which it doesn't.
"I don't want to be some Skinny Minnie with my t*ts out. I don't want people confusing what it is that I am about. I'm not shocking. I just stand there and sing. I'm not trying to be pop. I'm not trying to be jazz. I'm not trying to be anything. I'm just writing love songs, and everyone loves a love song."