It’s been a little over three months since beloved comedienne Joan Rivers died from surgery complications in New York. Her memory has continuously lived on through her fans, celebrity friends, and daughter Melissa. Melissa spoke publicly for the first time about her mother at The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Breakfast. In the crowd were Hollywood’s most elite females including Angelina Jolie, Sarah Silverman, Shonda Rhimes, Kris Jenner and Rivers' close and Fashion Police co-host friend Giuliana Rancic.
Prior to the breakfast, it was last week when Kathy Griffin was confirmed as the replacement for Joan on Fashion Police, which starts back up again in January. After a four-month break following Joan’s unexpected death, the show has been slightly shaken up. The four hosts will be Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, Kathy Griffin, and Brad Goreski. George Kotsiopoulos is not returning.
Melissa took the stage on Wednesday morning to speak about her mother.
"I want to thank everyone for inviting me here this morning, and before we start, I’d like to point out that it is definitely a little intimidating to be in a room with the most beautiful, successful women in Hollywood. But Angelina, I just want you to know I’m really very normal and accessible!"
The Fashion Police executive producer continued, "My mother was fearless. And I don’t mean she didn’t have any fears, I mean that even though she was only 5’2, she stood tall and walked through it. And that’s what made her such a brilliant performer."
"She was willing to say what others were thinking and too frightened to admit. She mad fun of herself first and foremost which gave her the right to joke about others. She never apologized for a joke, and no topic was taboo and she was fine with that. Truth be told, my mother never thought of herself as a woman working in a man’s world. She thought of herself as a comic that had to be funnier than anyone else… she just wanted to do her job and that was to make people laugh."
Joan "has been called everything from a legend, to a trailblazer, to a b-tch. The bottom line is, she was really just my mother."
As the audience applauded and some wept, Rivers concluded, "If my mother were here this morning, she’d not only be grateful and proud, she would be beyond herself. She would be sitting at the table beaming, while very discreetly shoving croissants and silverware into her purse. On behalf of my mother - thank you so, so much. It’s an honor."
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