When asked if she would apologize for joking about Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, Rivers made more jokes


CLEVELAND -- Joan Rivers isn't backing down.

The comedian vows she won't apologize for a joke she made on the "Today" show this week about Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight -- the three women held captive for years in Ariel Castro's home.

Rivers' publicist says the comments were a joke that she made as a comedian.

Rivers says the women are free, and people should move on. She says she's "thrilled they are OK."

But at the same time, Rivers released this statement on Facebook, "If anyone is owed an apology, it is my daughter Melissa as I apparently crossed the line in describing how small her guest bedroom is."

The original comment came Tuesday when Rivers was asked what it was like living in her daughter's guest room.

"Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space," she said. "It's just the worst."

When Al Roker put his head down after the comment, Rivers asked, "Too soon?"

On Wednesday, attorneys for Berry and DeJesus released a statement in which they demanded an apology, calling her comment "hurtful" and "disappointing."

Reacting to the request for an apology, Rivers told TMZ it's not going to happen.

Instead, she reverted to more jokes.

"They got to live rent free for more than a decade," Rivers told TMZ. "One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They're OK. I bet you within three years, one of them will be on 'Dancing with the Stars.' "

On Thursday morning, "Today" show hosts acknowledged Rivers' comment, adding they do not condone what she said.

If you thought she went too far yesterday, you'll be shocked at what she said today.

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