Joan Rivers Defiant After Holocaust Joke Sparks Outcry Philadelphia Inquirer

After receiving criticism from Jewish leaders over a Holocaust joke she made earlier this week on her E! show “Fashion Police,” Joan Rivers is refusing to apologize.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Rivers, 79, was commenting Monday on German-born supermodel Heidi Klum’s appearance on Oscar night in a tight gold dress when the comedian said: "The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens."

“Rivers doubled over laughing while her fellow E! journos looked uncomfortably at her,” the story reports. “The Anti-Defamation League has asked Rivers to issue a formal apology, calling her remark ‘vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans.’"

Rivers, who has been defending her edgy comedic approach throughout her career, responded by saying: "My husband lost the majority of his family at Auschwitz, and I can assure you that I have always made it a point to remind people of the Holocaust through humor.”

She was referring to her second husband, Edgar Rosenberg, who committed suicide in 1987, the report notes.

E! had not yet commented on the incident.