(JTA) — Monday Night marked Jimmy Fallon’s debut as host of “The Tonight Show.” It was also the first time Joan Rivers, among the parade of stars who took the stage to settle a $100 debt, appeared on the show in over 25 years. Even more monumental: It was the 49th anniversary of her first-ever “Tonight Show” appearance, on Feb. 17 1965.
“It’s about time!” Rivers said in a statement of her return, per The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve been sitting in a taxi outside NBC with the meter running since 1987.”
Rivers was banned from the show by Johnny Carson after leaving her gig as his permanent guest host to helm Fox’s “The Late Show With Joan Rivers,” a competitor.
“Being in the studio brought back the most wonderful, wonderful memories of the night that jump-started my career,” she said. “So when people ask me, ‘Why was last night different from all other nights?’ I’ll tell them that it certainly beats Passover!”
See Rivers’ big comeback (plus Seth Rogen, Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, and many more) right here.
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Veteran Jewish comedian Sid Caesar, who died in Beverly Hills on Wednesday at the age of 91, was one of the greats. Jewish comedians took to Twitter to pay their respects and hail their departed chief:
Sid Caesar was a giant-maybe the best comedian who ever practiced the trade & I was privileged to be one of his writers & one of his friends— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) February 12, 2014
We've lost the greatest, monologist, pantomimic, sketch comedian TV has ever known! Word GENIUS is oft misused but not so here. HAIL CAESAR— carl reiner (@carlreiner) February 13, 2014
Saddened by the death of Sid Caeser. He was one of the greats. When you watch him today, he still makes you laugh like he did 60 years ago.— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) February 12, 2014
A childhood highlight was going to the taping of “Your Show of Shows.” I’m just sorry I never had the opportunity to work with Sid Caesar.— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) February 12, 2014
RIP Sid Caesar. A pioneer and a genius.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 12, 2014
I was watching old Sid Caesar shows this week. No one could make me laugh harder. Very sad to hear he is gone.— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) February 12, 2014
RIP The amazing Sid Caesar. Sorry we didn't get to talk.— marc maron (@marcmaron) February 12, 2014
The brilliant Sid Caesar, gone. There was no one like him. Although it was expected, it's still a blow.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 13, 2014
Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar-a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic- there will never be another one like him— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 12, 2014
Every week, Joan Rivers has a one night stand with the celebrity of her choice.
We’re talking, obviously, about “In Bed With Joan,” (what did you have in mind?) Rivers’ online talk show which shows her dishing with fellow entertainers between the sheets.
This week, Shiri Appleby (“Roswell,” “Girls,” Chicago Fire”) joined Joan for what we could only hope would be some Jewish girl talk.
Strangely, that’s exactly what happened.
Rivers opened the episode by commenting on how confused people must be by the spelling of Appleby’s first name (“So how many people have called you Sherry?”). Somehow, this led to a discussion about the Hebrew meaning of Joan — which according to River, means “whiner” — and Shiri, which means “my song.”
“My parents said I was like the song in their hearts,” Appleby explained. “Until I turned into a teenager.”
As it turns out, Appleby is quite the funny lady. Other gems include:
On not naming her child Ira: “You’re just not going to have sex with Ira Shook.”
On her fiancee: “We’re both Jews. He’s a very cute Jewish cook… One of our first meals, he came over to my house and taught my mom how to make latkes.”
For more on Shiri’s new baby, her Jewish background (her mom is a Hebrew teacher) and what Joan really thinks of Lena Dunham, check out the video below:
Joan Rivers picked the wrong lady to mess with.
The “Fashion Police” diva was irked by some comments made by Jennifer Lawrence — otherwise known as Queen of Awesome and America’s favorite person — during a Q&A with Yahoo! employees last week.
“There are shows like ‘The Fashion Police’ that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on all the wrong values and that it’s OK to point at people and call them ugly or fat,” the “Hunger Games” star said when asked about the pressure to be perfect.
Joan was not amused and sent out a series of tweets slamming the most likeable celebrity on the planet:
It’s funny how Jennifer Lawrence loved @E_FashionPolice during Awards Season when we were complimenting her every single week…ampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) November 12, 2013
A good barometer of whether something is worth writing about or not is if Joan Rivers has anything to say about it. Another, higher (and rarer) measure of success is if she has something GOOD to say about it.
This week, the forthcoming Kanye West and Kim Kardashian nuptials win on both counts.
Upon hearing about Kanye finally popping the question to Kim — on her birthday, no less — Joan tweeted:
Our E! family is thrilled about Kim's engagement. She's a lovely girl, a hard worker and we wish her the best. Watch @ENews tonight for moreampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) October 22, 2013
Well, it seems people were so amazed at her lack of snark that the our favorite fashion cop had to send another tweet, assuring her account had not, in fact, been hacked.
NO-my account wasn't hacked! I'm truly thrilled for @KimKardashian and I wish her the very best. Can’t I send a nice tweet once in a while?ampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) October 22, 2013
Joan Rivers knows how to do things. She can dress, she can walk and she can definitely talk. But just like other humans, Joan Rivers has to eat. Only, as always, she does it better.
Great New York moment! Ordering a frankfurter from a street vendor, through the tinted window of my limo. pic.twitter.com/zJbHXHUM1qampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) September 4, 2013
Unless you’ve been living under a rock — or have no Internet connection, same difference — you’ve either seen or heard about Miley Cyrus’s ‘twerk’ performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night. After all, CNN devoted an obscene amount of time to covering the ex-“Hannah Montana” sweetheart, so it must be big news.
In any case, Miley should know that Joan Rivers is not impressed.
Miley Cyrus at the VMAs last night reminds me of Candyland - the easiest game in town and everyone gets a turn. Tune in at 9pm ET for more!ampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) August 27, 2013
i sometimes wonder if miley saw this and was like "oooooh me too! me!!!" http://t.co/3E1J5n29R3ampmdash; Tavi Gevinson (@tavitulle) August 27, 2013
Did you see @MileyCyrus on the VMA's? Does her tongue hanging out mean she's dehydrated?ampmdash; Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 26, 2013
Re: Miley- the commodification of women of color deserves big discussion. "Hey, someone put a shirt on this dumb bitch!" doesn't.ampmdash; Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 27, 2013
Forget “Real Housewives” or “The Bachelorette.” Joan Rivers is someone whose life we want to vicariously live every week on TV.
After more than 15 years of single life, Rivers has announced she is ready to find love — and we can watch her do it.
Starting in September, Rivers will star in a webseries on SheKnows TV, called “Romancing the Joan.”
Too good to be true you say? Well, it gets better.
The show will feature eight eligible bachelors vying for Joan’s heart. They’ll only have a couple of minutes to make a good impression before she gives the first round the axe (and you thought “Fashion Police” was harsh?).
I wanted all of them to stay,” Rivers, told SheKnows in an exclusive interview. “I need some new pool boys, a couple palm frond wavers and a grape peeler.”
The show will be hosted by Rivers’ daughter Melissa. According to the show’s promo, Melissa was less than impressed with the fact that some of the “yummy bachelors” are younger than her.
“Some of them were so young! It was gross,” Melissa told SheKnows. “I mean, do they even know how old my mother is?”
Joan, being Joan, answered: “Do you even know how old I am?”
A real lady never tells.
Paula Deen jokes have been all over the Internet since the Southern food maven’s use of the N-word and other racial slurs became public knowledge.
Paula Deen fired her agent. I guess he came back from summer vacation a shade too tan for her.ampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) July 12, 2013
Touche, Joan. Touche.
“Fashion Police” guru Joan Rivers is in hot water with the Writers Guild of America.
The Council of the Writers Guild of America East voted to send charges filed against Rivers to a trial board Wednesday, raising the stakes in the ongoing strike of “Fashion Police” writers, Variety reported.
“The writers on that show are paid a fraction of industry-standard compensation and receive no health or pension benefits,” a statement released by the WGA East read.
“We are distressed by reports that Joan Rivers, who worked so hard to create an illustrious career, turned her back on other writers who are still building careers of their own,” added WGA East president Michael Winship in the same release.
“The question of whether she has, in fact, violated our working rules will be decided by the trial board,” he added. “We cannot pre-judge the outcome, but we can say that it is a very serious matter when a member is accused of writing and showrunning on a non-covered show, and continuing to do so after the other writers have decided to go on strike for reasonable pay and benefits.”
Rivers, a lifetime member of the WGA East will appear before a three-person trial board to present her case. The representatives have yet to be chosen.
In a series of Youtube clips released to explain the strikers’ point of view, writers expressed their extreme disappointment at Rivers’ lack of support for the strike.
“The fact that Joan Rivers isn’t just the star, but a member of the Writers Guild and she won’t support her fellow Writers Guild member, is just astonishing to me,”said Nic Rice, one of the writers. “It’s such a basic fairness issue.”
Joan Rivers may have postponed her birthday celebrations last week, but she didn’t skimp on birthday cake. When singer Fergie came on “Fashion Police” on Monday night to show off her baby bump, she brought Joan a little treat.
Ever classy, Joan dug in.
Happy birthday to Joan Rivers, who turns 80 today (but shhh — a lady never tells)!
Unfortunately, the party that was meant to mark Rivers’ eight decades in this world was cancelled due to the sad passing of her sister, lawyer Barbara Waxler, the New York Post reported.
300 people were to attend the fete held at the Metropolitan club, decorated by friend Preston Bailey. A spokeswoman for Rivers told the Post that the “Fashion Police” co-host’s birthday celebrations were officially on hold and that the party was postponed.
E! announced that it would be celebrating its resident diva by handing over the entire network to her for a week.
In the meantime, our hearts go out to Joan.
Grindr, the popular gay mobile app, has announced that it will be donating 100% of all revenue from new subscribers to Grindr Extra this week to Israeli couple Yuval and Liran, as part of their Grindr for Equality world campaign.
“I read about Yuval and Liran’s emotional personal story and was impressed by their creativity in pursuing their dream of fatherhood, and their persistence, recruiting international celebrities such as Joan Rivers, to help raise awareness that in so many parts of the world the joy of parenthood and other aspects of family are still not available to gays who are not equals in the eye of the law.” Joel Simkhai, Israeli-born CEO and founder of Grindr said in a statement.
“We at Grindr believe in giving back to the gay community that’s been so loyal to us and made us the #1 dating app for gays. With our ability to reach millions of users, Grindr is in a unique position to provide real and meaningful assistance within the community and advance the cause of our community worldwide.”
The story of Yuval and Liran, an Israeli couple who have been trying to have a kid via surrogacy for the past two years and lost most of their money, in the process went viral after the couple filmed themselves holding up signs criticizing Israeli surrogacy laws, which they see as discriminatory against gay couples. A number of Israeli celebrities supported their cause by photographing themselves holding up similar signs, stating “We want them to have a baby too,”
Roger Ebert, America’s most famous film critic, died yesterday at the age of 70. Every celebrity he had ever lauded with praise or declared inapt — cough Rob Schneider —rushed to give his life a thumbs up. Ebert, an avid tweeter himself, would have been proud.
Saddened to hear of the passing of Roger Ebert. My thoughts are with his family.ampmdash; William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert’s wonderful, generous review of “Liberal Arts” meant so much to me. Wish I could have thanked him personally.ampmdash; Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) April 4, 2013
For the first time ever, Joan Rivers wasn’t snarky:
Just heard about the death of Roger Ebert. He was a nice, nice man. I truly liked him - I’m very sad.ampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) April 4, 2013
After recently mocking Adele’s weight in a recent appearance on “Letterman”, Joan Rivers is at it again.
In an interview on HuffPost Live on Friday, the E! Fashion Police host didn’t back down from her comment that the hit singer should have added “fried chicken” to the end of “Rolling In The Deep;” in fact, she threw grease on the fire (ha ha).
“She’s a chubby lady who’s very, very rich, and she should just calm down — or lose weight!” Rivers told host Marc Lamont Hill, adding, “She wanted an apology, so I took an ad out on her a**. I said, ‘You are not fat.’ AND then I had room for a lot of other ads.”
“Adele is beautiful and successful … [but] let’s face reality, she’s fat,” Rivers concluded.
Though Rivers is known for her barbed wit, scathing critiques, and unflinching honesty, I think she can do better.
What do you think about Joan Rivers’ comments? Tell us in the comments!
Watch the original “Letterman” clip below:
Now that you’ve somehow managed to digest all that Seder matzo, it’s time to re-live it all through the eyes of the rich and famous.
Some were early:
With Passover about to start abroad I want to wish all of you celebrating a happy and healthy Pesach!ampmdash; William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 24, 2013
Signing off for the first days of Passover. I’ll be back on the grid Wednesday night. A sweet feast of redemption to all celebrating!ampmdash; Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) March 26, 2013
As white smoke poured into the sky above the Sistine Chapel yesterday, the world anxiously waited to hear who the new Pope would be. As always, Twitter provided running commentary.
The new Pope is off to a bad start. Wearing white before Memorial Day…Oy.ampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) March 14, 2013
There’s also white smoke coming out of my office, but nobody seems that excited about it. #popeampmdash; Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) March 13, 2013
Congratulations to the Vatican on the new pope! And this time, they found one who never was a Nazi! (we hope, he’s from Argentina)ampmdash; Bill Maher (@billmaher) March 13, 2013
I hope the new pope retweets people moreampmdash; B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) March 13, 2013
When she’s not in bed with Sarah Silverman or giving scathing fashion advice, Joan Rivers advocates for the rights of gay couples in Israel.
Rivers joined Fashion Police co-stars Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopolous, as well as a number of Israeli celebrities in lending support to Yuval and Liran, an Israeli couple raising awareness about surrogacy for the LGBT community in Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.
The couple told their story in a video — which went viral in Israel — holding up signs criticizing Israeli surrogacy laws, which they see as discriminatory against gay couples.
Celebrity supporters held up similar signs in both Hebrew and English, stating “We want them to have a baby too.”
The Anti-Defamation League called out Joan Rivers out on her comparison between Costco and Nazi Germany, three days after the comedian made a public display outside a Los Angeles Costco store.
After Costco made the decision not to carry her book, “I Hate Everything…Starting with Me,” Rivers protested a local store by chaining herself to one of its shopping carts and shouting from a bullhorn.
In an interview outside the store, Rivers said: “People should have the right to have the literature they want. This is the beginning of Nazi Germany.”
In yet another Occupy iteration, this week Joan Rivers staged a protest at a Burbank Costco, complete with a megaphone and an entourage of assistants.
“Costco, who sells condoms by the pallet,” she shouted, “who sells Paula Deen books and — which is not good for their customers’ health — they decided to ban my book. This is a First Amendment violation.”
Apparently the wholesale giant found swear words on the back cover of her latest book, “I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me,” too offensive to peddle. So Rivers stormed the store, chained herself to a shopping cart and shouted about the injustice.