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Thursday 18 December 2014

Heidi Klum squirms at Rivers’ Holocaust joke

LINDENHURST, NY - DECEMBER 02:  Model Heidi Klum participates in a tree lighting ceremony as she teams up with friends at AOL, Patch and The American Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at American Red Cross and Patch Sites on December 2, 2012  in Lindenhurst, New York.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for AOL)
Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum has broken her silence on Joan Rivers’ off-colour joke about her Oscars gown, admitting her reference to the Holocaust wasn’t her “personal humour”.

The German supermodel was the subject of a controversial wisecrack made by the comedienne during her red carpet commentary last month.

Joan was famously slammed by the Anti-Defamation League after making a vulgar remark about Heidi’s plunging gold gown during an episode of her hit US show Fashion Police.

"The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens," Rivers said.

But the 39-year-old beauty wasn’t laughing.

“I do feel for the people who have lost family members, so I don't know if it's good to joke about things like that,” Heidi said on US entertainment news programme Extra.

“It's not my personal humour.”

The model later turned the conversation to more lighthearted banter about her new gig as judge on America’s Got Talent.

Heidi shares the title with Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Melanie Brown.

And she admits criticising contestants from the comfort of her own house was far easier than doing it in front of millions.

“When I'm at home it was a little easier,” she mused. “I was like, ‘I don't know what this person's doing there, who told that person they were talented?’”

She has previously heaped praise on fellow newcomer Melanie and admits she’s also a big fan of Howard.

She called working with the shock jock “a lot of fun”.

“He's been down on one knee with me because he wanted me to change my mind on someone. But then sometimes he says something where I'm like, ‘I can't believe he just said that,’” she laughed.

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