Networks Set Special Joan Rivers Programming; Funeral is Sunday

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Networks are lining up special programming this weekend to honor the life of Joan Rivers.

E! enjoyed a special relationship with the one-and-only Joan Rivers for the past 20 years, and will honor Joan’s legacy in the one-hour E! News special, “Joan Rivers: Celebrating An Icon” airing tonight, Friday, September 5th at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by E! News’ Jason Kennedy and Catt Sadler, who will be joined throughout the hour by George Kotsiopoulos, Ken Baker and other members of the E! on-air family who knew Joan well, the special will include highlights from Joan’s unmatched career, a look back at her early days, and at the tremendous outpouring of love and support from “Joan’s Rangers,” her legion of fans.

Also tonight, a special edition of NBC’s Dateline, “Celebrating Joan Rivers” will look back at her extraordinary life and legacy at 9pm/8c. Friends and fellow comics will pay tribute, including Kathy Griffin, Dick Cavett, Donald Trump, Don Rickles, Gilbert Gottfried and Lily Tomlin. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will co-anchor tonight’s one-hour special broadcast. “Celebrating Joan Rivers” will also feature memorable moments and interviews throughout Rivers’ groundbreaking career, as well as additional reporting on the day she entered Mount Sinai Hospital.


Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” hosted by Andy Cohen will rerun her most recent episode on the late-night series on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. With numerous appearances on “Watch What Happens Live,” Rivers last appeared with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on July 29, 2014 to promote her new book “Diary of a Mad Diva” and E! series “Fashion Police.”


TV Land will celebrate the comedienne with a special programming block on Sunday, Sept. 7 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. The block will begin with Rivers’ guest appearance on “Hot In Cleveland,” where she played Anka, the sister to Betty White’s Elka (an encore of the episode will air at 11pm). From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. will be her original TV Land series “How’d You Get So Rich?” which Rivers interviewing inventors and innovators to discover how they became wealthy. In the final episode, Joan shares her own rags to riches story and gives a tour of her stunning Connecticut estate. Rounding out TV Land’s salute to Joan Rivers will be an airing of ABC’s “20/20 Joan Rivers: Living for the Laughs” tribute special at 10 p.m. Expect to see clips of the legendary personality in action in addition to thoughts and memories shared by those who knew and loved her.

Rivers died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She had been hospitalized since Aug. 28 when she went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure at a doctor’s office. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances, and further tests are needed to pinpoint her exact cause of death, the New York City medical examiner said Friday.

Joan’s funeral will be held at Temple Emanu-El in New York on Sunday. Details about whether or not the service will be private were not available. It is also unknown what time the services will be held.

The folks over at Buzzfeed added gifs to the now-famous passage in her latest book “I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me,” where she describes her dream funeral…

“When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, camera, action…”

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“I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way.”

“I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents.”


“I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. Lonely.’”

“I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag.”


“And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé’s.”



Comedic Legend Joan Rivers Dies at 81

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Joan Rivers, a pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen of “Can We Talk?” gossip, has died, according to her daughter Melissa. She was 81.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a prepared statement. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends.”

Rivers was undergoing surgery on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York City on Aug. 28 when she stopped breathing and had to be transported to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Melissa Rivers, and her 13-year-old son, Cooper, who lived with her in Malibu, Calif., rushed to her bedside.

NY Health Dept. Probes Clinic that Treated Joan Rivers


The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers’ cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure.

Spokesman James O’Hare said Thursday the department is looking into “the whole matter,” declining to discuss specifics, reports the Associated Press.

The 81-year-old comic was hospitalized last week after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor’s office. Her family said Wednesday that Rivers has been moved from intensive care at Mount Sinai Hospital into a private room, where she was “being kept comfortable.”

E! network confirmed Thursday that Rivers’ weekly “Fashion Police” series is on hiatus for two weeks.

The long-running program, which normally airs new episodes on Fridays, is on break this week and next, the network announced, “as we await Joan and Melissa’s return in front and behind the camera.” Rivers’ daughter, Melissa Rivers, is its executive producer.

In its place, the network plans to air two special programs focusing on New York Fashion Week.

Joan Rivers Out of Medically Induced Coma; On ‘Road to Recovery’

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Joan Rivers is “making small, but positive, steps” after being brought out of a medically induced coma over the holiday weekend, reports E! — the network for which Rivers hosts “E! Fashion Police,” and which has been the family’s go-to media outlet for releasing information since Rivers was hospitalized.

“It’s a slow process, but she’s on the road to recovery,” the source told E! News, adding that Rivers’ condition is currently stable. “She’s getting better. Don’t believe all this ridiculous speculation.”

The comic was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital last Thursday after she stopped breathing during what the network insists was a “minor throat procedure” at a clinic in Manhattan. “She’s getting better,” the network reported, citing the unnamed source it said was close to the situation.

Rivers was reported to be in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York after going into cardiac arrest during the procedure, according to TMZ.

Then, on Sunday (August 31), TMZ said that Rivers was “completely reliant” on life support, while other reports suggested that she was in a medically-induced coma, but still stable.

This latest report from E!’s insider also asserts the fact that Rivers’ family, including her daughter Melissa, are doing well.

“She is a rock,” the source said about Melissa. “She is calmer than I’ve ever seen her. All these reports about doomsday are not true. She is her mother’s daughter and she’s tough as nails. She’s the person keeping everyone together.”

Nia Long Wants Young Women to Chill on the Idea of Needing a Man

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In an interview with Rolling Out magazine, Nia Long has some sage advice for single young women who feel anxious because they don’t have a man.

“I think that women who are extremely driven to success, ambitious, I think they get to a point in their lives when they’re like, ‘Uh oh. I am 30-something years old, and I don’t have a husband and I don’t have children yet and what does that mean?’ I think what it means is stay in your course because it’s going to happen when it’s supposed to happen,” Long explained.

As a mother of two, Long, now 42, has no designs on getting married to her boyfriend (and father of her youngest child), 37 year old former pro basketball player Ime Udoka anytime soon.

“Marriage is not a priority for me. I’m not saying I’ll never do it; It’s just not where we are as a family,” she revealed in Essence.

Nia believes you can’t compare your life to anyone else’s; that love will happen for each person at its own pace. “But” there is a caveat to this thinking,

“You have to have an open heart to be vulnerable to a accept it when it does come. I think the more success you have as a woman, you kinda go, ‘Well, I don’t really need a man ’cause look: I have everything I want.’ But the truth is, you do need a partner because at some point in your life you’re not going to want to walk alone.”

Thousands Attend Michael Brown’s Funeral

Lesley McSpadden looks at the body of her son Michael Brown at his funeral Monday morning at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.

Thousands of mourners have turned out for Michael Brown’s funeral Monday at Friendly Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. [Scroll down to watch live.]

The Rev. Al Sharpton is among those scheduled to speak at the service, which is open to the public. The Rev. Jesse Jackson is in attendance, along with Sean “Diddy” Combs and filmmaker Spike Lee.

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The families of Trayvon Martin and Sean Bell are also in attendance, as are Martin Luther King III and the Rev. Bernice King.

Among the politicians were there, too, including U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Family attorney Benjamin Crump is scheduled to read a message from the Brown family.

Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was shot and killed Aug. 9 by a white Ferguson police officer.

Three in attendance are representing the White House: Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, an Obama initiative to empower boys and men of color; Marlon Marshall, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Heather Foster, an adviser for the office.

Watch the service live below:

Public Memorial for Michael Brown to be Held Monday


A funeral and public memorial for Michael Brown will take place Monday morning, according to family attorney Anthony Gray.

The location and time for the event have not been set, but Gray said services likely will begin between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“It’s going to be public and it’s going to be supported by national leaders,” Gray said. “We don’t have details on who those national leaders will be at this time.”

He said organizers were working to find a large enough venue for the memorial.

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