Belfast Telegraph

Melissa Rivers: TV community saved my mom

Melissa Rivers paid a touching tribute to her late mother Joan at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday.

The legendary comedienne passed away in September last year aged 81 from complications during a routine medical procedure. At the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, her daughter Melissa took the chance to thank the community for supporting her mother throughout her career.

“After some terrible lows in my mom's life, both personally and professionally, the cancellation of her late-night talk show and the unimaginable loss of my dad would've probably been more than most people could bear," she began, alluding to Edgar Rosenberg's 1987 suicide. "But not my mother. She refused to give up. And the daytime television community saved her."

Joan was married to Edgar for 22 years before he passed away, and Melissa is their only child. The star’s late night talk show was cancelled after just one season that same year, pushing the comic to her lowest ebb.

But in 1989 she returned with The Joan Rivers Show and right up until her death she was still prominent on TV with the style show Fashion Police on the E! Network.

"It ran for five years, and brought her the only Emmy she would ever win," Melissa said of The Joan Rivers Show. "This strong foundation reinvigorated her career, and my mother felt loved and valued by the daytime community, and for that I will always be grateful. She went on to have 24 more fabulous years and I got to enjoy all of them with her, as her producer, her business partner, her co-star, and the best part was as her daughter."

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