Melissa Rivers: Kathy Griffin ‘kind of s**t all over my mother’s legacy’

Melissa Rivers gave a talk this week at the 92nd street Y, moderated by Hoda Kotb, about her late mom, Joan Rivers. Melissa is promoting her new memoir, The Book of Joan. You can see the video of her talk on She spoke a lot about her grief over losing her mom, and about how much Joan meant to her, the fans and all her many friends. It was sad and hard to hear at times, but also bittersweet and funny. It was a surprisingly interesting talk, I came away thinking that I’d watch a show with Melissa.

Everyone is focusing on the quote in the title, that Melissa said that Kathy Griffin “sh*t all over” her mother’s legacy by kind of trashing Fashion Police when she left. In context those quotes don’t sound as damning, because Melissa admitted that was her personal response to Kathy’s statement and that she knew it wasn’t intentional on Kathy’s part. She also had some funny things to say about how Joan would have shut down the controversy over Zendaya’s dreadlocks. I think that Melissa is mischaracterizing the controversy over Giuliana Rancic’s statement as an argument between Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana when it was actually much bigger than that. Zendaya was the one who called out Giuliana’s statement as racist and then Kelly chimed in from what I remember. Of course Kelly claimed to have warned Giuliana during taping that she shouldn’t tell that joke. So maybe Melissa is right. Here’s some of what Melissa told Hoda:

Hoda: You’re watching [your mom's show Fashion Police] kind of crumble. Did you want to get in there and say something?
I did everything I could do. It’s a strange sort of dynamic. Yes I am the executive producer and one of the creators of the show, but it is owned by the network. So I can make all the suggestions that I want… the bottom line is, whoever signs your check is your boss. It was a very difficult time. I had a lot of conversations with everybody involved… it really shows that we were a family, it was cast and crew and staff. We went back too fast. Just like a family when the matriarch dies, the sisters started fighting and someone tried to marry in, not a great match, live and learn.

It was extremely frustrating because I had to keep my eye on the franchise and the legacy of it and not get involved in the personal.

Your role is someone [who gets people together]. Is that still a possibility?
It’s a possibility. I just know that I don’t want to go through the unhappiness that I went through for those few months again… I felt like Fashion Police was this little jewel and it was the last piece I had of my mother and I working together.

I felt like all these people were so out of control, including the one who made the allegations of racism – they took the last thing I had and smashed it… So I think I had to take a little bit of a break, we just started creative meetings again now, to reformat and come back.

What do you think Joan’s thinking?
It never would have happened if she was alive… I think there might be a little bit of a twinkle in her eye saying ‘yeah, couldn’t do it without me, could ya?’ After that, I’d think she’d be a little bit frustrated. If something like that would have happened and my mother had been ne alive, she would have gone ‘are you serious, oh please, all of this over a wig?’ Literally it was a wig, let’s all relax. It never would have happened. She would have called Giuliana and yelled at Giuliana, she would have called Kelly and yelled at Kelly and said ‘stop it,’ and she would have listened to them both cry and complain about each other and she’d be like ‘hey is everyone over it, now let’s all go to work.’

Were you glad [Kathy Griffin] was a part of [Fashion Police] or not?
I’m just going to say it wasn’t a match on a lot of levels. My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of sh*t all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving. I know that that was not an intentional reading of it, but that’s how I felt, but I know that wasn’t how it was intended. Everybody was so heightened and everybody was so crazy, but that was my takeaway by calling the comedy and the style of it old fashioned. It’s like, I understand what you’re doing, you’re trying to save yourself, but don’t crap all over my mother to do it. And that’s how I felt and that was very personal, but as a professional that was her choice, that’s what she did, no harm no foul, it didn’t work, moving on.

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From what I can find, Kathy Griffin never directly called Fashion Police old fashioned. In her statement leaving Fashion Police she said that her style of comedy didn’t fit with the direction of show and in later interviews she called Fashion Police formulaic and said that she was hoping it would be more contextual.

You can tell that Melissa really dislikes Kelly Osbourne because she wouldn’t even call her by her name at first, she called her “the one who made the allegations of racism.” Kelly is such a pain in the ass and she picks fights with everyone. I get why Melissa felt like Kathy Griffin was putting down her mom’s style of comedy in her statement – Melissa was personally invested in the show and she had just lost her mother in a very sudden way. The thing is, Joan probably wouldn’t have cared and she would have had a quick, obnoxious response for Kathy. Joan could dish it out and she could take it too. That lady did not have thin skin.

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  1. aims says:

    I miss Joan. Her humor and delivery was hysterical. She was one of the greats.

  2. Nk868 says:

    Kelly spent most of her time on E! name dropping and claiming to be BFF and so close with (insert young celeb here) and it felt like she was outraged more as she pretended she and z were so close and she had to make a stink to make her friendship claims credible, then the situation got away from her. I think she also took Joan’s death very hard. (This is not to say the comments weren’t offensive and needed to be called out, just doubt Kelly’s sincerity and am glad that phony is off the tv). They tried wayyyy too hard to replicate the dynamic adding Kathy but Kathy didn’t know fashion like Joan. Give me a fashion girl with a sense of humor and I’ll watch again.

  3. Jessica says:

    Joan did some great stuff. Fashion Police was the worst of her. If I were Melissa I’d be upset that anyone saw that awful show as Joan’s legacy.

    • Brin says:

      I agree. I think this is as much about Melissa being executive producer as Joan’s “legacy”.

    • mimif says:

      +1 to you both

    • Olenna says:

      Ditto. “my mother’s legacy”…Bad choice of words. No disrespect to Joan, but the show is just not that worthy.

      • jwoolman says:

        Yes, legacy seems a stretch. It was a snarky show that only worked at all because Joan was Joan…. But it’s not really her legacy, just her most recent job before she died.

    • Christin says:

      Yes, I would not want to have that as her legacy.

    • Bridget says:

      It was a crappy show, but it’s one that Melissa is still being paid for. I understand that she’s still grieving, but Melissa’s only professional avenues came through her mother so I would imagine that’s a big part of what Fashion Police means to her.

    • Caz says:

      Oh you are so correct.

  4. judyjudyjudy says:

    “You can tell that Melissa really dislikes Kelly Osbourne because she wouldn’t even call her by her name at first, she called her “the one who made the allegations of racism.” ”

    I don’t think she meant Kelly. She refers to Kelly elsewhere by name.

  5. PhenomenalWoman says:

    I’ll give Melissa a pass as she’s grieving her mother. But are we still pretending Joan was a saint? A lot of her humor WAS mean-spirited. And she lost me as a fan when she said the Palestinians deserved to die. Any person who can’t distinguish between the acts of a few terrorists and innocents who are being slaughtered doesn’t deserve me as a fan.

    • Carol says:

      She lost me way early on when she went after the girls on “Facts of Life” and called them “Fats of Life.” They were KIDS! She also made the joke about the Cleveland women who were kidnapped and raped repeatedly for over a decade and then was offended that people didn’t think it was funny. I never liked Joan, and Melissa can go away any time now.

    • Diana says:


    • Tammy says:

      Most comedians are mean spirited.

    • Hannah says:

      Yup, she lost me when she said they deserved to die as well. Before I thought she was funny sometimes but you have to be really rotten to your core to say something like that. Can’t say I was sorry to see her go.

      Like what in the hell:

      So much ignorance in her but that’s not even the worst part because that might be solved through education but combined with hatred…that’s a bad mix.

      • jaygee says:

        Are you literally saying that you have no regrets that a mother and grandmother DIED because she made jokes that you found offensive?! Wow.

      • Melissa says:

        Jaygee- save the outrage. I read her comment as she was not at all sorry to see that entertainer go. That’s it. Nothing deeper.

    • Delta Juliet says:

      I always thought she was very mean-spirited too. I’ve been told that maybe I just don’t get her humor. Well, so be it but I still think she was a bitch.

      • MaximeduCamp says:

        I admired Joan’s incredible work ethic, but yeah, count me among those who didn’t like her personae or style of comedy. I never watched Fashion Police as I don’t have cable, but given Joan’s lack of connection to the fashion industry and generally suitable for a woman her age but nothing special dress sense, I’m somewhat doubtful of her credentials–other than being willing to gleefully mock anyone–to even be in that sort of show in the first place. If she was the best thing about it, well …

      • The Original G says:

        Joan was actually named to many best-dressed lists back in the days of her network talk show. She has also had a very successful clothing and jewelry line since 1990.

        I think that some people have found her comedy persona at odds with modern political correctness and that is, what it is.

    • PoliteTeaSipper says:

      I totally agree. Melissa, your mama s*it on a bunch of people herself.

    • ava7 says:

      Thank you so much for bringing this up! That was beyond despicable. Just imagine if anyone had dared to say anything remotely similar against the people of Israel. They would have been completely demonized and never work in entertainment again.

  6. Kiddo says:

    I too feel bad for Melissa, but come on. Fashion Police was often scraping the bottom of the barrel for Joan. More times than not, the ‘jokes’ veered toward more mean than funny. If you are telling mean jokes, they at least need to have translatable humor. Joan got away with a lot because of her PAST legacy, by the time she was on that show. No disrespect to Joan, but we can’t rewrite history.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Joan got away with a lot because of who she was and her age. She was better than fashion police. But her humor was always mean – remember how awful she was to Elizabeth Taylor when she got fat? You might be too young, but she was relentless and cruel. I admired her for her tenacity in a tough, tough business, and as one of the first female stand up comedians, but she was always kind of mean.

      • Bridget says:

        I don’t even know that I would say that she ‘got away’ with stuff. Joan may have pioneered the red carpet commentary, but she was fired by E! several times over the years, and it was just a matter of time until she got fired again (or if she wasn’t it just meant that no one was watching).

    • Christin says:

      She was getting a lot of flak before she passed away, as her humor and comments were getting even more cruel. I admired her tenacity at business, but she was very mean at times.

    • sal says:

      My feeling sorry for her has its limits. She sounds like a brat when she should get her big girl panties on and deal with business. If something spun out of control, then as the one owner and chief producer of the show, where was she? Seriously. I’d respect her more if she said she was dealing with many things and the show needs a reboot, not that a “jewel” she inherited got shat upon. If she wants the show to be a success, she needs to deal with conflict that arises. The smartest thing for Kathy to do was to resign, because she was not supported by management and it was never going to get better. It sounds like Melissa was a passive observer whining about it being everyone else’s fault. If she can’t take the reins, no one should give her any money to produce any more shows. Melissa should shut up about being a victim and take the reins. And also — pay the writers and support their unionization. It is a shameful part of Joan’s legacy that writers have to hold bake sales to get operations paid for on her show while writers on some other E shows get health insurance and paid for the hours worked.

  7. PunkyMomma says:

    Love her or hate her, Joan WAS the Fashion Police. Sometimes in a particular situation, a person is irreplaceable. E! Should have just cancelled the show and reformulated something similar at a different time.

    I also give Melissa Rivers a pass. Her grief is so palpable.

  8. Regina Phelange says:

    Melissa needs to move on with her professional life. Do something 100 percent her own. It is getting kind of sad the way she is still riding on her mother name and success. She’s a smart woman, she could do a lot on her own.

    • Michelle says:

      @Regina Phelange – I completely agree. If she doesn’t stop running around dropping her mom’s name, I think she is going to destroy her career. As you said, she needs to do something on her own.

    • renee28 says:

      Has she ever done anything that wasn’t affiliated with her mother? It seems as though her whole career was built by riding her mother’s coattails. She really needs to figure out how to carry on by herself.

    • Michelle says:

      Well Melissa acted like a spoiled brat on Celebrity Apprentice and Joan defended her through it all. Melissa was completely unprofessional and rude. Without her mother to defend her and employ her, I don’t think she can make it.

      • Christin says:

        Joan helped, enabled and protected her all the way. I thought her mother’s death might cause her to mature and stand on her own feet for once, but apparently not.

      • holly hobby says:

        Oh yeah Celebrity Apprentice. Poor Annie Duke. Melissa has never been out of mommy’s thumb. I really think they were the new Grey Gardens.

  9. TX says:

    Sounds like Melissa (as a producer) is a little bitter that Kathy left, and has to justify that by saying she felt like Kathy insulted her mom.

  10. BengalCat2000 says:

    Losing a parent is one of the most painful experiences that can happen. I can’t imagine
    how difficult it would be to grieve in public.
    And Kelly Osbourn has always been a sanctimonious tw@t, Imo. She can dish it out, but she can’t take criticism.
    Fashion Police needs to go out along with The View. It was tired even before Joan died.

  11. Josephine says:

    They never should have tried to keep that show going. The supporting cast was just that, and they should have had the good sense to see that it couldn’t go on. If anyone is at fault, Melissa is as producer. Kathy didn’t say anything that was mean toward Joan. She obviously admired Joan.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree it was obvious that the show was Joan.

    • FingerBinger says:

      Kathy made no secret of her love and admiration for Joan. While Joan was alive Kathy always said how much Joan influenced her. She left fashion police out of respect for Joan. Melissa is wrong on this one.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I agree, Kathy has always loved and respected Joan, she’s told many stories about their friendship, Melissa is just lashing out because of the fiasco with the show. They should put it to bed, Joan was the show, Melissa does not have the balls to run it.

  12. Meggin says:

    Joan was a hilarious woman but Fashion Police was definitely not her best work. Kathy is very funny too, but she has never cared about fashion. It never made sense that kathy would be on the show.

  13. Michelle says:

    For years, I never got the fuss over Joan, but after she died I watched a documentary on her life that changed my outlook on her forever. Joan’s humor might’ve been too rough for some people, but what she did was brave and whether any of us love or hate her, she is undoubtedly a woman who paved the way for a lot of us. Joan was treated like shit by a lot of men on her way to success and fame and it’s thanks to women like her who were brave enough to stand up or strong enough to take it, that women have progressed so much.

    With that being said, I feel for Melissa and any other woman who loses her mother, but she is treading a fine line right now between celebrating her mother’s legacy and looking like a basket case who is trying to use her mom’s name to promote herself and stay relevant. If she doesn’t stop walking around throwing her mother’s name around, I think she is going to be the nail in her own career coffin because no one is going to want to hear her go on and on about her mom and her mom’s legacy. I personally think Melissa should mourn and deal with the loss of her mom in private.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I read her autobiography a long time ago, Melissa, and I could not believe the guts she had. For YEARS, everybody, I mean even her parents, told her she was not funny, she was an embarrassment, she couldn’t do this, she stank at it. I would have been curled up in the fetal position drooling in some dark corner. But she knew she could do it and she kept going until she made it. I really admire that kind of conviction and strength.

    • MediaMaven says:

      I saw that documentary on NetFlix………it showed a lot of facets of Joan that I didn’t know about. Her charitable ways, her “Mama-bear” protection of Melissa. Joan looked out for Melissa on all levels – I’m not sure what will be left of her entertainment career without Joan pushing her on. Melissa is definitely not her Mother. It’s sad that her death was so unnecessary.

      • Christin says:

        Joan apparently rebuilt her finances to the point neither daughter nor grandson should ever have to worry about money. Melissa will likely get a settlement out of the clinic lawsuit as well, so it’s unclear what her motivation is to keep working at FP, pitching a book so quickly, etc.

        I understand it’s a piece of her memory with her mother, but it will never be the same. She has an opportunity to step back and find herself for a change.

      • Michelle7 says:

        @Christin – I think Melissa’s motivation is the massive chip on her shoulder. Melissa has always wanted to be relevant–so much so that Joan used to joke about it. Their relationship was a complicated one; Joan defended Melissa, but as noted by other posters, Joan was also a harsh critic of Melissa and even made jokes about Melissa’s lack of talent. I can’t fault Melissa for not wanting to sit back and just rely on a pile of money that she didn’t earn, but she should know when to call it quits.

  14. Skins says:

    I liked Joan, but really, who cares about her “legacy” That word is getting so overused anymore

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      It really is overused.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Her life was her legacy, she doesn’t need Melissa burnishing it.

    • ava7 says:

      True! The word is really getting overused. But that happens a lot with words. I’m a dog lover and all about adopting dogs. But I’ve been noticing that anytime anyone acquires a dog (from anyone other than a breeder) they say they “rescued” a dog. What happened to “adopted”?

  15. darkfaith says:

    Wasn’t she refering to Zendaya as the one who made the allegations of racicim.

    • mimif says:

      Literally it was a wig, let’s all relax.

      I thought the same, darkfaith. Way to gloss it over.

      • Amy says:

        Yeah that was a turn-off and while I’m sympathetic it’s also pretty clear she doesn’t get why this whole thing bit her and her mother’s legacy in the ass.

      • Michelle says:

        @Amy – completely agree. I mentioned in another post somewhere that Zendaya never did anything wrong. She showed up to a red carpet looking beautiful; it was the show that took their commentary to a level it shouldn’t have gone to. A lot of people are commenting that the show should’ve gone out with Joan and I fully agree. Melissa needs to do something for herself that doesn’t involve her mother. The fact that she insisted on keeping the show going just goes to show that she wants to hang onto her mom’s name and use that to promote herself and keep her own career going.

      • darkdove says:

        yeah she is trying to gloss it over, Zendaya was right to call Julianna out for it but I hated Kelly`s responce to the whole thing instead of trying to smooth things out with between her friends she made it worser.

  16. Nicolette says:

    The show should have ended gracefully with Joan’s passing. They had to know it wouldn’t even come close to being what it was without her. And if any attention had been paid to the opinion fans had about Kathy being her replacement, including here, perhaps this whole mess could have been avoided. Many of us felt she was the wrong choice and stopped watching. Live and learn, and maybe realize it’s best to let it go and move on to something else. Joan was one of a kind and there really isn’t anyone like her to fill that void. It’s understandable that Melissa is trying to hold on to something so deeply connected to her mom, and through everything has held up amazingly well. I wish her the best as she continues to figure out her way without her mom.

  17. Talie says:

    Kathy did go on a damn press tour after she quit to save her own behind, so I see why Melissa was pissed. To her it must’ve been a huge slap in the face to realize that Joan really meant nothing to these people. They are only concerned with their own skins.

    • Livealot says:

      + 1

    • sal says:

      Except — people did not quit because it was a stunt, people quit because no one in management had the reins and things sunk to no win situations. There is no management of the show, and as executive producer of the show, Melissa should have dealt with the conflict instead of whining that she was owed a “jewel” and deserved a free ride of no executive producer responsibilities. Talent on shows get into conflict. Shows have to work hard to remain competitive. Problems have to be dealt with. If Melissa cannot take the reins and expects an inherited “jewel” where you just sit back and get to do little difficult, then other people will eat her alive in the entertainment business. Instead of bitching and blaming she should go confidently forward and really lead and take responsibility. I’d respect her if she said “hey we need to reboot – thanks Kathy for your time, but we are going forward!.”

      A show doesn’t care that your mother died or that you want to go on a book promo tour or that you are suing people; there are people whose living depends on you getting your shit together and leading. She does not have her mother to handle difficult things for her and if she can’t handle it or feels she is “owed” a family’s care on set, then no one should give her any money to produce anything else.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      They hired Kathy, knowing full well she has a history of burning bridges she may or may not have set on fire, they get zero sympathy from me.

  18. Lbliss says:

    So having millions of fans tune in weekly to a major network show was “scraping the bottom”? She touched another generation like me who misses her very much just from that show. Not from her comedy tours, not her books, not her reality show but this show. She pulled in a new generation, the younger viewers, fashion addicts and we saw how she deserved the title as “legendary” every single week for 5 years. That show gave her another career in a direction that was new and fresh and modern. We miss you Joan. You showed us every week for 5 years why you were a legend and a pioneer.

    • Sarah says:

      @Lbiss – I agree with everything. She touched a new generation of people who would’ve never gotten to know her comedy if it wasn’t for Fashion Police. It was must see TV for awhile, just so we can hear Joan’s biting humour.

    • twink says:


  19. Amy says:

    I didn’t like Fashion Police nor did I enjoy Joan’s brand of comedy so I can’t say I miss it much. I feel like many celebs (especially women) felt targeted with the mean spirited jokes the cast made about the outfits they wore to fancy awards shows. I rarely thought their jokes were funny. It wasn’t that great a show from my point of view and they definitely brought it back way too early. That being said, I could understand how Melissa felt her mom’s memory and legacy being tarnished by something she couldn’t control. That must have been hard to watch. I like Kathy Griffin’s comedy better than Joan’s but I agree Griffin didn’t fit in with the rest of the cast. At this point everyone should just move on from the show. It’s caused enough drama.

  20. Amy says:

    Different Amy, gotta change my username.

    I don’t like how she dismissed the issue as, “Relax its just a wig”

    Fashion Police was a show that mocked people and got away with it due to some magical combination of Joan’s age and her humor being so biting. That doesn’t mean the jokes she told were acceptable and sometimes they veered in the direction of being monstrous. But while she was alive at least they worked for her.

    The mistake was in thinking those types of jokes would fly after she was gone. On that level I can see Kathy Griffin’s point. That stale format of saying the meanest things couldn’t work with young hosts and it was gonna blow up eventually. Dismissing what many and Zendaya felt as a perfect example of how something is ugly or stupid on a black person only to gush about it on a white person is insulting.

    Hopefully as someone said above Mellisa can find a new show or program that focuses on her career and efforts rather than always being attached to her Mother’s name.

    • pk says:

      You’re assessment is right on.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I disagree, it’s important for humor to push barriers and push buttons, when we all get caught up in being sensitive and having hurt feelings because someone said something mean we are being distracted from the real issue, whatever it may be. Humor, throughout history, has often been the only way to create true discourse about difficult subjects, such as racism.

  21. KellyBee says:

    Fact is Kathy didn’t s**t all over her mothers legacy because fashion police wasn’t her mothers legacy. Melissa and her son are Joan’s legacy, what Joan did for female comedians, her charity and the phase “who are you wearing” all of this is Joan’s true legacy.

    If anything Fashion Police was/is Melissa legacy. Which is why I think she really mad because the show maybe cancelled.

    • Michelle says:

      @KellyBee – Well said! I agree with you. Melissa had to have known that she was taking a gamble trying to keep the show going after Joan died, but she did it for selfish reasons.

  22. Sarah says:

    Fashion Police and the red carpet at all these awards shows are part of Joan’s legacy. So is her trailblazing in the industry. All of it is her legacy. Joan really loved that show. It was a big part of her comeback and she got so many new fans these last few years, especially younger fans who really didn’t know her. That show was funny. I don’t know how so many here can say that show was bad because it mocked celebrities. Do we not know what website we’re on at the moment? I loved her. And Kathy did insult the show on her way out in a way that was not so complimentary to the show’s staff and Joan’s humor. Listen to that Howard Stern interview. I understand why Melissa isn’t happy with her.

  23. lisa2 says:

    I think Melissa is trying to get press. I liked Joan most of the time; but people would say things about Joan when she was alive regarding her crossing the line in her humor. Joan could be gross and nasty. Her passing doesn’t erase that. Kathy has always spoken well of Joan. If Fashion Police is her “legacy” then that is nothing to really brag about. If FP stays off the air no one is going to cry about it. Melissa wants the show back so she is plugging it and her book. I hope Kathy doesn’t respond.

    Not sure why Melissa is coming so hard at Kathy MONTHS later

  24. Tig says:

    I so feel for Melissa- to have lost your ️️mom in such a sudden totally preventable way is just awful. It sounds like to her seeing the show imploding was like watching her die all over again. It sounds very melodramatic, but oftentimes grief is just that. She needs to give herself a break.

  25. Whatever Gurl says:

    Melissa seemed to have been a bit too enmeshed with her mother.

    Joan was her employer, the talent, her only family outside of her son and her best friend. It sounds ideal but Melissa’s identity is so intertwined with her mother that it must be beyond difficult to move on.

    Remember her father, Joan’s husband, committed suicide and it understandably caused a huge strain between mother and daughter.

    Melissa has a lot of growing up to do. She needs to find her independence and identity and move on.

  26. Wren33 says:

    While Joan Rivers was mostly too mean-spirited for me, she definitely grew up in a world that was horribly mean to her, so she could take it as well as she could dish it, and I can understand her thinking other people were thin-skinned. It seems like her co-workers on the show were trying to maintain that catty sense of humor while being unable to take criticism.

  27. The Original G says:

    Comedians are mean. Boo f’n hoo.

    • gilmore says:

      Ok.. your job as a comedian is to make people laugh. Everyone gets that, it’s a known concept, but you don’t have to be cheap and insulting to get a laugh. It’s lazy, it shows you don’t know how to be funny without being mean spirited. Anyone can be an a**hole but I think some will find smart comedy a lot more intriguing.

    • mystified says:

      Totally agree all comedians are mean. At least Joan made fun of everyone , including herself. I think People don’t complain about the meanness of other comics because they pick easier targets: Sarah Palin, the Bushes, the Kardashians. Tina Fey was every bit as mean, and funny as Rivers. She just isn’t as brave.

  28. MeganDraper says:

    If I were Melissa, I wouldn’t want that show as her mother’s legacy. They made fun of people. She was a funny comedienne, that’s her legacy.

  29. MeganDraper says:

    If I were Melissa, I wouldn’t want that show as her mother’s legacy. They made fun of people. She was a funny comedienne, that’s her legacy. Working through the 60′s and 80″s. Fashion police, they were mean to people.

  30. lisa says:

    i thought that was steven tyler

    she needs to cut back on the procedures

  31. funcakes says:

    Legacy? Its was fashion police, social climing and decades of mean spirited jokes at other people’s expense.
    How about Melisa leaving a legacy of her own without running to the media before the body is cold.

    Mother Theresa left a legacy.
    Ghandi left a legacy.
    Melisa and Joan were social pariahs.

  32. Jayna says:

    I thought that her thoughts were very balanced. These are her feelings on a personal level, and she also knows that some of it may be very personal and has nothing to do with the business and professional end of it. She lost her mother and everything that went down on this implosion is seen through the lens of losing her mother very recently and still in a raw state, and whom she worked closely with on the show, and Joan was the show.

    I loved Fashion Police.

  33. DottieDot says:

    Well this is what Kathy Griffin does. She is obnoxious and nasty. I have no idea why some people think she is funny.

  34. anne_000 says:

    As executive producer, Melissa had a hand in casting Kathy, so it’s not like Melissa had no responsibility in this. She listed all the ways Joan would have handled the hair controversy, so why didn’t she do it herself since she’s the executive producer? Does mommy have to do everything for her? Can’t she fight her own battles by herself?

    Remember Celebrity Apprentice? She thought she could do no wrong no matter what she did and Joan backed her up in this. And if anybody had any criticism of her behavior, then the harpies went on full attack.

    Apparently if you want to walk away from Melissa’s project, then you have to do it walking backwards, curtseying, and saying only obsequious praise or else she’s going to go all sanctimonious on you.

    If she wasn’t the exec. prod. of Fashion Police, would she have really said that this was her mother’s legacy? Really? And if she truly thought that, then why didn’t she just end the show when her mother died so as not to dilute its ‘glory’?

    She’s going to have to grow thicker skin and not burn bridges now that her mother is not here anymore to cover her @$$. Shows end. She shouldn’t keep using the Joan-card and make this into some kind of sacrilegious offense.