JR: Oh, absolutely. It was about eight months later. Melissa wasn’t talking to me, my career was in the toilet, I’d lost my Vegas contracts, I’d been fired from Fox [where she had a talk show]. Carson and NBC [she had appeared on the Tonight Show for years] had put out such bad publicity about me. I was a pariah. I wasn’t invited anywhere. I was a non-person. At one point I thought, “What’s the point? This is stupid.”
What saved me was my dog jumped into my lap. I thought, “No one will take care of him.” It wasn’t a friendly dog—only to me. I adored this dog. He was theoretically a Yorkie, his mother cheated. His name was Spike. He was the way you want your dog to be, devoted only to you. I was sitting in this big empty house in Bel Air, with a phone with five extensions which we no longer needed. I had the gun in my lap, and the dog sat on the gun. I lecture on suicide because things turn around. I tell people this is a horrible, awful dark moment, but it will change and you must know it’s going to change and you push forward. I look back and think, “Life is great, life goes on. It changes.”
…and so it does! At 81 years, Joan is a remarkable survivor and her work ethic, irreverence and tenacity are all wildly impressive. I am sooooo team Joan that I could become a Joan Ranger at any moment. Check out Joan’s latest clip on Fox News below (calm down) which is probably about as muted and reserved as she will ever get.
Joan’s new book “Diary of a Mad Diva” is dedicated to Kanye West “because he’ll never fucking read it.” Kanye boastfully outed himself to the public as a non-reader of books, and so she is probably right. Maybe that’s for the best. Joan has a talent for pissing off a lot of people, and maybe sometimes she goes a bit too far – but if you don’t piss anyone off, you don’t really move anyone, either!