Veteran US comedian Joan Rivers has sparked widespread outrage after making a series of jokes poking fun at singer Adele's weight.
Appearing on David Letterman's US chat show yesterday, Rivers recounted her meeting with the pop star at the Oscars.
In an obvious jibe at Adele's weight, Rivers pretended to be the singer by puffing out her cheeks and pushing her arms away from her body.
The studio audience booed as she made the gesture but Rivers was undeterred.
“What is her song? Rolling In The Deep? She should add Fried Chicken,” Rivers joked.
The 79-year-old comedian then went on to reveal Adele was anxious before her Oscars performance because of the condition of her throat and was worried that she couldn’t swallow.
“I said, ‘Oh yeah, you can swallow',” Rivers said before again holding out her arms again to indicate the singer's large frame.
Rivers was already under fire for making another controversial joke earlier in the week about model Heidi Klum and the Holocaust.
“The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens,” Rivers, who is Jewish, joked during an appearance on the E! show Fashion Police.
Rivers has refused to apologise for the joke.
Adele is no stranger to jibes about her weight.
During the Oscars, host Seth McFarlane made a quip about her size and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld described her as “too fat”.
Author: Emily O’Keefe, Approving editor: Mark Worley