Melissa Rivers Bullied Over Botox

updated 04/06/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/06/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The criticism was harsh. "She scares me. I don't know if she's happy or sad or pissed off because of the forehead that doesn't move," sneered Claudia Jordan, laughing on-camera as she impersonated Celebrity Apprentice teammate Melissa Rivers. But it was also nothing new. "I've been made fun of my whole life," says Rivers, 41, who saw the taunts when the episode aired March 22. "I've been called so many names—horse face, ugly." But no one can call Melissa, or her mother, Joan, anything but candid. "I've never denied having Botox—I get it done once or twice a year. I looked in the mirror this morning and thought, 'I need more!'" she says with a laugh. "And I had my boobs done after my son was born." Rivers does admit the comments stung: "I have a lot of self-image issues; I grew up in the land of beautiful, perfect people." But next time, she says, her critics will have to do better. "Imply away, ladies. The fact is, I'm willing to talk about it." Then she adds, "I think I'd be more upset if they said I had a fat ass."

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