Melissa Rivers celebrated Joan Rivers’ life with love, laughter, and lore on a recent Fashion Police special. Joined by Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and George Kotsiopoulos, Melissa Rivers revealed that she received a thoughtful condolence note from President Obama, reported CBS News on September 19. She also supported the continuation of the show that Joan loved.
Supported by family and friends, Melissa Rivers has taken the lead role in every aspect of honoring Joan Rivers’ life. She planned the funeral ceremony carefully, from the bagpipes mournfully playing to the witty wisdom of Howard Stern. But as she read the note from the president, Melissa Rivers made it clear how much his tribute to her mother meant.
“She affected so many people and people you would never expect to have humor. I received a letter from the White House, from President Obama,” said Melissa.
Although Joan Rivers often mocked the White House, the president’s letter celebrated the comedienne’s life without rancor.
“I received a handwritten note that said, ‘Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think. That’s one of those things that people now are realizing,'” quoted Melissa Rivers from the president’s note.
Melissa Rivers also made it clear that she wanted to honor her mother by continuing the Fashion Police tradition, reported Yahoo Celebrity on September 19. Initially, E! hesitated to make a commitment. However, in an announcement, the producers emphasized that they would extend the show’s episodes.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms. We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of ‘Fashion Police.’ We decided, with Melissa Rivers’ blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue.
Melissa has expressed her gratitude for the support that she’s received. As The Inquisitr reported, however, in making the heartbreaking decision to take her mother off life support, Melissa Rivers showed her emotional strength and courage.
Throughout the tributes and memorials celebrating the laughter, lore, and love of Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers has stayed strong. She recently tweeted her appreciation to all who honored her mother, reported Entertainment Tonight on September 18.
“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,” said Melissa.
In addition, she noted that her young son, Cooper, appreciates the tributes to his grandmother Joan Rivers.
“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,” tweeted Melissa Rivers.
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