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Joan Rivers roast fails to cook up big audience

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The Comedy Central roast of Joan Rivers on Sunday only attracted 2.8 million viewers, a 32% percent drop from the network’s last special that poked fun at Larry the Cable Guy (4.1 million) in March, according to Variety. Given the appeal of previous roasts involving Bill Engvall (6.2 million) and Pamela Anderson (4.3 million), the network reportedly upped its roast specials this year. Brad Garrett, Tom Arnold and Robin Givens were among the comedians who participated in Rivers’ roast hosted by Kathy Griffin.

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