Melissa shared this sweet photo of Joan and Cooper for today’s #TBT (click to enlarge):
In response to today’s release of the New York City Medical Examiner’s report, Melissa Rivers has issued the following statement:
“We continue to be saddened by our tragic loss and grateful for the enormous outpouring of love and support from around the world. We have no further comment at this time.” – Melissa Rivers
David Dangle, Joan’s friend and collaborator for twenty-five years, returns to QVC on Monday, October 13th at 10am ET, when David and QVC host Jill Bauer continue Joan’s vision of great style with fabulous fall jewelry and apparel. On his QVC blog, David talks about his upcoming visit:
“As I think about continuing Joan’s legacy on QVC, my heart fills with pride about the twenty-five years we shared. This Monday is an important day in my life because I will continue the journey without her. I hope I make her proud.”
A very familiar face to Joan’s friends and customers at QVC, David Dangle has been Joan’s friend, collaborator, style guru and CEO of her company for 24 years. Today, he published a note on his QVC blog about the future of the Joan Rivers Classics Collection, continuing Joan’s work and legacy. In the post, David also included a beautiful letter he received from Melissa.
As David perfectly put it, “Joan wouldn’t want it any other way…”
This broadcast of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work marks the PBS premiere of the documentary for which PBS now has exclusive broadcast rights. After the broadcast, the film will be available on the American Masters website for a limited time.
On Friday, September 19th, E! is celebrating the laughter that Joan brought to viewers around the world with “Joan Day.” Programming will include an all-day marathon that showcases some of Joan’s best jokes from “Fashion Police” beginning at 7:00am ET/PT. Hilarious back-to-back episodes, including Joan’s milestone 80th birthday celebration and the last “Fashion Police” she did for the MTV Video Music Awards and Primetime Emmy special, highlight some of Joan’s laugh-out-loud funniest and most outrageous moments from her past four years on the series.
Then the “Fashion Police” family honors Joan with a touching and hilarious 90-minute on-air celebration befitting of the woman whose sharp wit and biting comedy made her a legend to millions of fans, and who changed forever the face of Red Carpet fashion commentary. Melissa Rivers (also executive producer of “Fashion Police”) will join her onscreen “family” Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic, and George Kotsiopoulos, as they lovingly and, of course, laughingly, pay tribute to Joan’s years as the host of “Fashion Police” when “Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan” airs at 8:00pm ET/PT.
The special will feature behind-the-scenes footage, including never-before-aired moments of Joan candidly joking with the cast and cracking up the studio audience, along with outtakes featuring Joan doing what she did best — making everyone within earshot of her laugh. With no shortage of funny moments from which to choose, this tribute will feature some of the best of Joan’s trademark “did she really just say that” remarks and outlandish stunts, along with clips of some of the incredible guests from the worlds of fashion, entertainment, sports and more that joined Joan on the “Fashion Police” stage. Personal stories from the co-hosts and Melissa will round out this special to celebrate the gift of laughter Joan so freely shared with fans and “Joan Rangers” around the world.
Join E! tomorrow for a full day of laughter commemorating Joan!
“As my son Cooper and I mourn the loss of my mother, we want to thank everyone for the beautiful cards and flowers conveying heartfelt messages and condolences, which continue to arrive from around the world and through social media. My mother would have been overwhelmed by the scope and depth of the love that people have expressed for her. It is certainly helping to lift our spirits during this time.
We are forever grateful for your kindness and support in continuing to honor my mother’s legacy, and for remembering the joy and laughter that she brought to so many.”
“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.”
Charlotte St. Martin
The Broadway League
Title photo from Joan’s 1994 Broadway play Sally Marr… and Her Escorts.
In a message on the QVC website, QVC President and CEO Mike George shared the following message along with the video below.
We are greatly saddened by the loss of our dear friend Joan Rivers. She has been a special part of our QVC family for 24 years, and we knew Joan not only as an extraordinary comedian, writer, producer and business leader, but as a generous and caring spirit, who inspired us to be better every day. Joan truly loved her customers, and delighted in bringing joy and inspiration to their lives over these last many years. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and fans.
Mike George, President and CEO, QVC
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.
Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.
My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”