Joan Rivers is adamant her controversial comments about Palestinian casualties in the ongoing Middle East conflict were "totally taken out of context".
The fiery funnywoman hit headlines this week when a video appeared online showing her talking about the civilian victims in Gaza following clashes between Israeli and Palestinian forces.
In the clip, she appears to say, "They started it. We now don't count who's dead. You're dead, you deserve to be dead... Don't you dare make me feel sad about that... You don't get out, then you know you're an idiot. Then at least the ones that were killed were the ones with very low IQs."
However, Rivers is adamant the video does not tell the whole story and blames bad editing for her inflammatory remarks.
She says in a statement, "I am both saddened and disappointed that my statement about the tragedy of civilian casualties was totally taken out of context. What I said and stand behind is, war is hell and unfortunately civilians are victims of political conflicts... The media, as usual, has decided to only quote the most out of context and inflammatory non sequitur...
"I am praying for peace. It is stupid and wrong and I am tired of bearing the brunt of attacks by people who want to sell newspapers or gain ratings by creating a scandal about me that is non-existent."