Something tells me that while emigrating to the United States, Joey's great grandfather had to settle a great misunderstanding with the powers that be on Ellis Island before setting foot on New York soil.
I think this is just a case of NYC-centrism today, but remember, back in the day the story was so big that all three big networks did their own made-for-TV-movie about it.
With that said, I mildly enjoyed the interview. She was promoting her first book, and Howard probably felt bad enough for her to want to help her out. However, I would agree with Snoozer about not wanting to hear her on again.