Joan Rivers in critical condition

08/27/2014 5:42 PM

08/28/2014 12:53 PM

Joan Rivers is in critical condition after she stopped breathing during a medical procedure on Thursday, police sources tell The New York Post. The news was first reported by TMZ.

The E! Fashion critic, 81, was a patient at Yorkville Endoscopy on East 93rd street near Third Avenue in New York City. She was rushed to nearby Mount Sinai hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

TMZ reports the caller said, “We have somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest.”

Calls requesting an update on the comedianne’s condition were not immediately returned.

Rivers was set to take the stage at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Jan. 17.

SAY GOOD NIGHT

Chelsea Handler has been silenced — for a while.

The acerbic, vodka loving television personality signed off from E!’s Chelsea Lately with a little help from her friends. Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock and Mary McCormack stopped by and pretended to stage an intervention. Quipped McCormack: “Never once have you let your job get in the way of your drinking problem.”

Among the other big time pals who showed up for the hardly somber occasion: Miley Cyrus, rumored ex 50 Cent and Ellen DeGeneres, who has never appeared on Handler’s show for undisclosed reasons.

Handler, who recently bashed her former employer for being too saturated with Kardashians, will launch a new talk show on Netflix sometime in 2016.

KNOT FUNNY

BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter that aired Monday on the network’s music video countdown show, 106 & Park.

A source at the network, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the matter publicly, said the producer was suspended after an on-air remark about 2-year-old Blue Ivy’s hair.

On Monday’s show during a segment about the toddler’s hypothetical thoughts during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, guest host, Chris Brown’s girlfriend Karrueche Tran, said: “I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair.” Blue Ivy joined her mother onstage at the VMAs.

Stephen Hill, BET’s president of music programming and specials, publicly apologized on Twitter. BET didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment.

TOSSED OUT

A New York judge has tossed out a lawsuit that the copyright holders of Deep Throat brought against filmmakers who created a biography about porn star Linda Lovelace.

Judge Thomas Griesa dismissed it after reviewing both films.

The lawsuit brought last year in federal court in Manhattan by Arrow Productions Limited against the Weinstein Co. claimed its copyrights and trademarks were violated by the 2013 film Lovelace.

But the judge said the makers of the Hollywood film did not copy the core of Deep Throat, which came out in 1972. He said Deep Throat is a pornographic film focusing on a specific sex act while Lovelace is a critical, biographical film.

FUNNY PEOPLE

Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his Tonight Show predecessor Jay Leno with the nation’s top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Fallon will join other comedic greats in honoring Leno with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS stations. The prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society through their humor and social commentary in the tradition of Samuel Clemens, the writer and satirist better known as Twain. Past recipients include Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Cosby.

FAMILY TRAGEDY

Authorities say Conrad Hilton received major injuries when he lost control of his BMW and crashed on a highway near Palm Springs over the weekend.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Daniel Hesser said Tuesday that Paris Hilton’s 19-year-old brother was taken from the accident scene to Desert Regional Medical Center. His current condition is unknown.

Authorities say Hilton was speeding when he tried to change lanes and hit a Volkswagen. They say he then lost control of his car and crashed into a tractor trailer. Firefighters used the jaws of life to pull Hilton from his vehicle. Police determined that alcohol or drugs were not factors in the collision.

Hesser said the CHP received reports about a reckless driver before the crash occurred, but officers were not in pursuit at the time. A CHP helicopter crew witnessed the crash.

LOOK AT ME

The makes of the “Grand Theft Auto” video games say Lindsay Lohan sued to get attention when she asserted the games’ latest installment features a character based on her. In Manhattan court papers made public Tuesday, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and subsidiary Rockstar Games call the case frivolous and maintain it was “filed for publicity purposes.” They want it dismissed and want the actress to pay their legal fees.

Lohan sued in July over “Grand Theft Auto V.” Her suit says the game uses her image, voice and styles and evokes her via a character named Lacey Jonas. Take-Two says her voice, name and likeness aren’t used, and the character resembles her only in being a young, blonde woman.

About Madeleine Marr

Madeleine Marr

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Former fashion and food writer Madeleine Marr joined the Miami Herald in 2003. The native New Yorker's celebrity coverage includes features, interviews, events, red carpets, premieres, award ceremonies, style, news and gossip in the South Florida area and beyond.

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