In an interview on Donohue, Cheryl Crane, who is Lana Turner's daughter, said she confronted her mother after Mommie Dearest came out. She said, "'Mom, is this stuff about Joan Crawford true?'" And Lana answered, "'yes it is true. We all knew about that.'" And Cheryl answered, "'Why didn't you do something about it?'" And Lana said, "'Honey in this town we all rallied around eachother, we did not stab eachother in the back like that.'" Later in the program Christina conceded that everyone in Hollywood did know about it and nobody did anything about it. In fact she would go on to say that that's part of why there was a backlash to the book; because many of the people discrediting the book are covering up their own complicity in Joan Crawford's evil and abusive behavior.
How? How could this happen, how could you humiliate me this way? I am ashamed to be your mother!
Joan Crawford: And you? How could you let this happen?
Mrs. Chadwick: Both students have been put on probation and will have no privileges for a month.
Joan Crawford: Probation. This is appalling. I ...
After Joan says to tear down the wall and put up a window in the apartment condo, she turns around and a camera shadow is cast across her back.
Some scenes were altered for the TV and cable release of "Mommie Dearest". Aside from editing out the bad language, there is a notably different version of the scene where Joan hacks down her prize roses, where for some reason the musical background to this scene was completely removed, and the abrupt cut from L.B. Mayer's face to Joan kneeling dementedly in the rose garden with her garden shears is accompanied by a bone-chilling scream.