U.S. President Barack Obama honored Joan Rivers following her tragic death by quietly sending a touching message to the comedienne's grieving daughter.
The funnywoman died on 4 September (14), a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation in New York. Her passing was mourned by famous fans around the world, including Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman and Johnny Depp, but White House officials poignantly decided against releasing an official statement in her memory, as is traditional when a star who has had a significant impact on American culture dies.
However, Melissa Rivers reveals President Obama did make the effort to send her a private message of condolence, despite the fact he and his wife Michelle were often the butt of the caustic comedienne's jokes. During a special tribute episode of the late star's Fashion Police show, Melissa said, "I received a handwritten note saying, 'Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think'."
Rivers had previously stirred controversy by calling Obama gay and branding First Lady Michelle Obama a "tranny". She later played down her comments, insisting the word "tranny" was not an insult, saying, "I think it's a compliment. She's so attractive, tall, with a beautiful body, great face, does great makeup. Take a look and go back to (classic play) La Cage Aux Folles. The most gorgeous women are transgender."
Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan is due to air in the U.S. on Friday night (19Sep14).
Joan Rivers left her multi-million dollar fortune to her daughter and her pet dogs, according to a U.S. report.
The veteran comedienne passed away earlier this month (Sep14) a week after she suffered a cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure at a clinic in New York City. She was mourned at a funeral in the Big Apple on 7 September (14), and now her final wishes for her estate have emerged.
Editors at the New York Daily News report Rivers had a fortune estimated at around $150 million (£93.8 million) and she left the bulk of her estate to her daughter Melissa and her grandson Cooper. She also reportedly left instructions for her dogs to be taken care of. The animals will be handed over to her personal assistant Jocelyn Pickett. A source tells the publication, "Those dogs are her family. They meant the world to her and Joan wanted to make sure that if anything happened to her that they would be taken care of."
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The newlywed is moving onto bigger and better things than daytime TV - dirtier, sexier, funnier things. Her Sirius XM show Dirty, Sexy, Funny starts back up in October on Stars Channel 109 Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. - the time slot right after Howard Stern. McCarthy told us, “Obviously there is not a better lead-in than Howard Stern in radio. And I guess by following him, it leaves me to go anywhere I want.” McCarthy will be covering topics from sex to humor to dating, marriage, and more. “I wanna kind of always keep it open. Even revenge on your exes, stuff like that.” -- Uh oh, watch out Jim Carrey! Previous episodes of McCarthy's Sirius XM show are currently available On Demand on the Sirius XM app and feature guests like Howard Stern, Perez Hilton, Chelsea Handler, Jason Biggs and her new husband Donnie Wahlberg. The show is very raunchy and certainly lives up to its name. McCarthy is one “dirty bird” - check it out.
McCarthy is also in the midst of a Dirty, Sexy, Funny comedy tour she put together with all female comedians with the blessing of the late Joan Rivers. Rivers praised McCarthy for giving female comedians a platform with this tour. McCarthy told Hollywood.com: “She really appreciated it because she did the same thing. She cheered women on.… I, like everybody, miss her already dearly.”
The Dirty, Sexy, Funny comedy tour will be in Clearwater, Florida, on September 20, Las Vegas on September 26, and Detroit on October 17. Click here to checkout the full list of tour dates and to buy tickets to a show near you. McCarthy said it best, “These chicks are funny.… Come and enjoy it.”
Fun fact: McCarthy’s favorite show is Bar Rescue on Spike TV. Lookout for the show's host Jon Taffer as a potential future guest on McCarthy's Sirius XM show.
Veteran singer/actress Liza Minnelli has thanked fans for their support after undergoing spinal surgery in California.
The Cabaret star recently revealed she had been left unable to walk after taking a tumble at home and the injury had forced her to skip pal Joan Rivers' funeral in New York as she was preparing to have an operation. She has since been treated at a hospital in California, where she is said to be resting comfortably, and has reached out to fans to express her gratitude for their well wishes.
A statement released on Wednesday (17Sep14) reads, "I am overwhelmed with the amount of love and caring that has been sent my way from all over the world."
Minnelli, 68, is expected to make a full recovery.
Vanity Fair and New York Times journalist Leslie Bennetts has signed a new book deal with publishers at Little, Brown and Company to write a Joan Rivers biography. Joan Rivers: A Life is slated for release in 2016. The comedienne died earlier this month (Sep14) after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during throat surgery in New York.
The doctor who performed Joan Rivers' final throat procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York has been fired, according to news reports. The veteran star was undergoing a routine operation at the medical facility on 28 August (14) when she suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest. She was taken to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died a week later, on 4 September (14).
Reports have surfaced the late comedienne stopped breathing after an unscheduled biopsy was performed, but bosses at the clinic have denied the story, stating, "a biopsy of the vocal cords" has never been performed at their facility.
On Friday (12Sep14), sources told editors at WABC Eyewitness News in New York that gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence B. Cohen, who was the medical director at the facility, was no longer working there.
In a message on Twitter.com, editors write, "Medical director of Yorkville Endoscopy where Joan Rivers went to cardiac arrest is out... He is no longer performing procedures at the clinic."
A representative for Yorkville Endoscopy has confirmed the news, stating, "Dr. Cohen is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy, nor is he currently serving as medical director."
Hugh Jackman felt "honored" to perform at Joan Rivers' funeral on Sunday (07Sep14) after accepting the job almost a decade ago.
The X-Men star reveals the veteran comedienne, who often joked about dying in her stand-up routine, had made plans for her final farewell years before she passed away on 4 September (14), and asked Jackman to be a part of her big send-off after watching him in 2003 Broadway musical The Boy from Oz. The Australian actor stayed true to his word last weekend when he joined celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, Clive Davis, Kelly Osbourne and U.S. shock jock Howard Stern, who delivered the eulogy, at the Temple Emanu-El synagogue in New York to pay his final respects to Rivers, and he admits the song the funnywoman had chosen for him to sing was the perfect choice.
Jackman explains, "It was amazing. I must admit: I've been to several funerals, and I've always kind of felt for the person who has to sing. I've always said, 'Oh, how do you do that?' "At her funeral, when Joan Rivers asks you (to perform), just answer. She had planned everything out. She had seen me in a show called The Boy from Oz... and I sang a song from that. It was called, Quiet Please, There's A Lady On Stage. It's a beautiful celebration of a woman, and it was for her, and the entire audience in the synagogue got up and started clapping and cheering. The whole thing was very uplifting, very touching and moving, but funny."
And there was another highlight for Jackman: "When the bagpipes came out at the end (of the service), everyone just started laughing... She was just an amazing woman. It was an appropriate send-off and I felt honoured to be a part of it."
Rivers, 81, died a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation. The exact cause of death is still under investigation after an initial autopsy proved inconclusive.
Bosses at the New York clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a cardiac arrest have denied ever performing biopsies at the facility following a new report suggesting the comedienne stopped breathing during the delicate procedure.
The veteran star was undergoing a routine throat operation at Yorkville Endoscopy on 28 August (14) when her heart stopped beating. She was taken to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died a week later, on 4 September (14).
A new report published by the New York Daily News on Wednesday (10Sep14), suggests Rivers lost consciousness while undergoing the out-patient endoscopy because her doctor had decided to perform an unplanned biopsy - surgery typically only performed in a hospital - after spotting something unusual on her vocal cords.
However, medical professionals at Yorkville have since dismissed the allegations in a general statement, insisting "a biopsy of the vocal cords" has never been performed at their facility. Patient confidentiality laws prohibited them from specifically talking about Rivers' case.
The legendary funnywoman was laid to rest in a star-studded funeral on Sunday (07Sep14).
Late comedienne Joan Rivers will appear on U.S. TV months after her death in two episodes of reality series Celebrity Apprentice.
The Fashion Police co-host died last week (ends07Sep14) aged 81, but she will continue to be seen on TV screens because she acted as businessman Donald Trump's boardroom adviser in the upcoming series of the reality show. Rivers, who won the 2009 series, will assist Trump for two episodes.
He announced on Twitter.com, "We just finished shooting a new season of Celebrity Apprentice and happily for all, Joan plays my advisor in two episodes... She was great!" A U.S. broadcast date for the series has not yet been announced.
Rivers was laid to rest at a memorial service in New York on Sunday (07Sep14). According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, her daughter Melissa held an intimate gathering at the comedienne's home following the funeral.
Broadway bosses have reversed their decision not to dim marquee lights in memory of Joan Rivers following a backlash from fans. Officials at the Broadway League initially stated the legendary comedienne would not receive the traditional theatre tribute as she is not "synonymous with Broadway", but their explanation prompted outraged devotees to launch a petition online, calling on executives to overturn the ruling, noting that Rivers had graced the New York stage three times and was even nominated for a Tony Award in 1994.
Celebrity fans, including Cyndi Lauper and Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet, also backed calls for a Broadway tribute, and now League chiefs have given in to the public pressure.
In a statement released on Tuesday (09Sep14), executive director Charlotte St. Martin writes, "Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her. Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our community and from her friends and fans worldwide, the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tonight, at exactly 6:45pm for one minute."
Rivers was nominated for Best Actress in a Play at the 1994 Tony Awards for her role in Sally Marr... and her escorts.
The 81 year old died on Thursday (04Sep14), a week after suffering a cardiac arrest during a routine throat operation. She was laid to rest during a star-studded funeral in the Big Apple on Sunday (07Sep14).