Joan Rivers stopped by to promote her upcoming stand at The Cutting Room in New York and Howard immediately cut into her for bragging about her $500 wedding gift. Joan insisted that she told her assistant to make a donation to the charity Howard and Beth specified, but she didn't tell her the amount - the assistant did that on her own. Howard said the charity contacted him and said that Joan wanted him to know how much she gave: "I said, 'Gee, Joan must think $500 is a lot of money.'" Robin told a few stories about Joan being miserable at Howard's wedding, but Joan claimed she had "the best time" and was just joking. Howard laughed that Joan complained to him about Phoebe Snow's performance, so Joan explained: "I've known Phoebe forever. Should I stop making jokes?" Joan did take issue with a long toast given by one of Beth's friends: "She should have said, 'Who do I go to for plastic surgery?' That should have been her speech."
Phil Specter Loves Guns
Howard asked Joan about testifying at the Phil Spector trial, so Joan explained that she'd testified about the time Phil came to her Christmas party and ended up pulling a gun on Walter Cronkite's daughter. Joan said it wasn't the first time she'd had to kick him out of her house: "The first time he was drunk. The second time he started with the gun...and as he's walking out, brandishing the gun, my little neighbor went up to him and said 'Merry Christmas.' He was like, 'F' you!'" Joan also told a story about sitting next to Bill Clinton at Robert Rauschenberg's funeral but he spent most of the time talking to a pair of nurses sitting on the other side. However, it didn't seem to go anywhere as Howard changed the subject, asking how much it cost to prepare her for today's interview. Joan said her hair cost $200 (On the subject how many strands were real, Joan joked that it wasn't many: "They have names.") and make-up ran her another $150/200: "Next time I'll come [without it all on] and scare the hell out of you."