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Joan Rivers dumped by Norwegian Cruise Lines. Image: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock

Cruise lines and celebrities – they go together like bread and butter.

It isn’t uncommon in today’s celebrity obsessed world to find cruise lines recruiting the rich and famous to be godmother to their ships and perform onboard.

But what happens when the butter won’t spread?

You could ask Joan Rivers, who was recently dumped by Norwegian Cruise Line after making a joke about three women who were held captive in Cleveland.

The comedian was booked to give lectures onboard one of the line’s ships sailing to Alaska in July.

However, she was removed from the lineup after a recent interview on the US morning show, ‘Today’.

She was asked what it was like living with her daughter, to which she responded:  “I’m still in the same stupid little room. Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space.”

Reps for two of the women kidnapped demanded an apology from Rivers. However, she said, “I’m a comedian… There is nothing to apologise for. I made a joke. That’s what I do.”

Rivers was then contacted by Norwegian Cruise Lines and advised she was no longer wanted because it is a “family-friendly brand”.

Commenting on the situation, she said: “Of course they cancelled me. They were terrified what I would say after seeing the size of their cabins.”

“It’s insane. Why would [the joke] affect anyone in Norway?”

Was the cruise line right to dump her? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.