Melissa Rivers: President Obama Sent Handwritten Condolences After Joan Rivers’s Death [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 3 years ago
Melissa Rivers: President Obama Sent Handwritten Condolences After Joan Rivers’s Death [WATCH VIDEO]
/NEW YORK, New York (May 24)–USO Woman of the Year, Joan Rivers poses for a shot with USO Servicemember of the Year Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Fairchild and his award at the USO luncheon held at the Pierre Hotel here May 24.PA3 Mike Hvozda

Melissa Rivers revealed she received condolences from the President of the United States that read ‘not only did she make us laugh, she made us think.’  Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) report about the Joan Rivers being honored by, daughter, fellow Fashion Police host and remembered by President Obama.

According to E! Online, The 46-year-old daughter of  the late star made her first-ever public appearance since the tragic death of our adored legendary comedienne Joan Rivers. It was during the 90-minute long homage special episode of  “Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan special.”

She discussed her mother’s great rapport with Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos. Rivers also shared some absolutely unanticipated news: “I received a letter from the White House, President Obama, someone who was often a target of her jokes, as was Mrs. Obama. But I received a handwritten note saying, ‘Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think,” said Rivers.

Back in July, CNN reported that Rivers ridiculed about Obama and his wife Michelle Obama. She stated that Obama is gay and Mrs. Obama is transgender. This statement landed her in a fiery discussion on CNN and so public thought this is the reason behind Obama didn’t offer a public statement on her death. Obama has, in the past has openly paid tribute to many celebrities, actors and writers, including film critic Roger Ebert, Maya Angelou and, more recently, actor Robin Williams. This time he chose to pay a private tribute and so he sent letter to Melissa Rivers after her mother’s death.

The E! Channel announced on Friday Sept 20, 2014, that it will continue to air the comedienne’s signature program without late Rivers. “We have thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted … (for) ‘Fashion Police,’ “We decided, with Melissa Rivers’ blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue. ‘Fashion Police’ will return in 2015, commencing with Golden Globes coverage Jan. 12,” stated E! executive. Melissa Rivers also thank all and sundry for all the support in trying time on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/MelRivers/status/512386718130274304

The announcement came as Rivers was honored with a 90-minute tribute that her daughter hosted. Melissa Rivers is the show’s executive producer. Looking elegant in black ensemble, Rivers in her first public appearance since her mother’s death said there was only one way her late mother would have wanted the night to go.

“By remembering the incredible jokes, the unbelievable guests and all the moments …that made ‘Fashion Police’ must-see TV. For the next 90 minutes, we’re going to do what my mom loved to do most of all: laugh,” she said.

 

Melissa Rivers paid attention to her mother’s bequest. “She affected so many people, and people you would never expect to have humor,” “I received a letter from the White House, President Obama, someone who was often a target of her jokes, as was Mrs. Obama, but I received a hand-written note saying ‘Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think,” said Melissa Rivers in the E! Online article.

The “Queen of Comedy” and former “Fashion Police” host passed away at the age of 81 due to complications during her throat surgery in New York City on Aug. 28, 2014.

And that’s it for MNG’s report the “Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan special,” update.  For more celebrity news coming up, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG). Check out the video below:

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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/ PA3 Mike Hvozda

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