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Melissa Rivers: 'Grief Is A Process And We’re Still In The Thick Of It'

11/6/2015 8:24am EST
Melissa Rivers Honors Late Mother Joan's Heartfelt Legacy: Calls
Melissa Rivers vows to continue the legacy of her late mother, Joan Rivers, by continuing her work with the New York area charity, God's Love We Deliver by organizing a fundraiser in her name.

When Joan Rivers died in September of 2014, she left behind a legacy of groundbreaking comedy and somewhat unknown philanthropy.

Rivers worked with God's Love We Deliver, a charity created to provide meals to those battling HIV/AIDS, according to a story published by People.

Ten years ago, Rivers organized the "Can We Walk" team for the God's Love Race To Deliver.

The race is a four-mile run in Ce...

Melissa Rivers Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Mother's Death

9/2/2015 8:21am EDT
Melissa Rivers Reveals Where She Scattered Joan Rivers Ashes On
Melissa Rivers revealed the touching place where she scattered her beloved late mother, Joan Rivers ashes, during the one-year anniversary of her death.

September 4 will be one year since Joan Rivers' untimely death following complications after a surgical procedure.

Melissa Rivers revealed to Entertainment Tonight that she scattered some of her mother's ashes in a place that both she, son Cooper, and Joan held dear.

Some of the comedy legend's ashes were left in Wyoming in August. The state is where the three vacationed each summer.

"Coop and I took our annual family vacation to Wyomin...

Docs Did Take Selfies With Joan Rivers Before Her Death

7/16/2015 1:38pm EDT
Joan Rivers
The Joan Rivers selfie that was allegedly taken at Yorkville Endoscopy before the comedienne's untimely death has now been confirmed. While doctors at the clinic denied taking any pictures with a knocked out Rivers, new court documents state that pictures were indeed taken. According to NewsMax, Dr. Lawrence Cohen took selfies with Joan Rivers while she was sedated.

These pictures were taken on Aug. 28 during Rivers' outpatient surgery.

"Dr. Gwen Korovin, too, was initially accused of snapping a selfie photo but has vehemently denied those claims, CNN reported. She, along with Cohen and a...

You Won't Believe How Much Someone Paid For Joan Rivers' NYC Penthouse

7/10/2015 10:41am EDT
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers' Manhattan penthouse has been on the market on and off for six years, and it has finally been sold to "Middle Eastern royalty" for its asking price -- a whopping $28 million.

The comedienne decorated the digs at 1 East 62nd Street in a Marie Antoinette-inspired style and lived there from 1988 until her death in September, 2014.

The property is approximately 5,000 square feet and covers three floors of a seven-story mansion. It includes four bedrooms, five bathrooms and a two-bedroom guest apartment. The penthouse also has two terraces -- one of which overlooks Central Park. Th...

Rumor Patrol: 70s Show Alumni Reuniting & More

6/20/2015 10:00am EDT
Rumor Patrol: Is The Cast Of 70s Show Reuniting? Josh Duggar Bre
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

'That '70s Show' Reunion!: "That '70s Show" alums Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson will reportedly reunite on the small screen for Netflix's comedy "The Ranch."

Verdict: True! According to Deadline Hollywood, the multi-camera show is being created by "Two and a Half Men" show runners Don Reo and Jim Patterson. It will also bring together Kutcher, and Masterson, who will portray the lead characters...

Melissa Rivers Is Not Happy With Kathy Griffin

5/15/2015 9:01am EDT
Melissa Rivers: Kathy Griffin 'S--t All Over My Mother's Legacy'
Melissa Rivers is not the biggest fan of Kathy Griffin right now. Griffin quit "Fashion Police" in March after that whole Zendaya hair thing, and now Melissa's coming out and saying it - she didn't like the way Griffin left the show.

Or, in her own words- "She kind of s--t all over my mother's legacy."

"My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of s--t all over my mother's legacy in her statement on leaving," Melissa told Hoda Kotb in a recent interview (via Us Weekly).

"And I know that that was not an intentional reading of it, but that's how I felt...That was my takeaway, by [...

Leno, Rivers Feud Continues Even After Death

5/8/2015 9:06am EDT
Melissa Rivers Says Jay Leno Snubbed Her Following Mother Joan's
Melissa Rivers claims Jay Leno, who famously snubbed her mother Joan Rivers, is still holding a grudge months after the comedienne's death.

Rivers passed away on Sept. 4, 2014, after a botched outpatient procedure at a New York City clinic. She was famously banned from "The Tonight Show" by Johnny Carson after she launched her own talk show on rival network Fox in the 80s. When Leno took over for Carson, he never invited Joan to be a guest during his 20-year stint as host.

In 2005, Leno confessed, "I didn't want to do it while Johnny was alive out of respect for Johnny. I don't think he w...

Joan Rivers Snubbed By The Oscars, Left Out Of Tribute To Stars Lost In 2014

2/24/2015 3:03pm EST
Joan and Melissa Rivers
Joan Rivers may not have been in very many movies, but when it comes to the Oscars she's been one of the biggest authorities on red carpet fashion, so it only made sense for the biggest movie awards ceremony to pay tribute to the late comedian during its 'In Memoriam' segment.

Wait, what? She wasn't in the tribute?

Sadly, Rivers, who passed away on September 4, 2014, after a botched outpatient procedure at a New York City clinic, was skipped over during the tribute to the dozens of movie stars, filmmakers, editors, casting directors, et al, who passed away in 2014.

Sure, her biggest film...

The 8 Biggest Snubs And Craziest Surprises Of The 2015 Oscars

2/23/2015 5:02pm EST
The 8 Biggest Snubs And Craziest Surprises Of The 2015 Oscars
2015 was not the year for Oscar drama.

There were no underdogs that came out of nowhere for the unexpected win. There were no obvious favorites that lost to a weird backwards choice (and thus, very few vegetable platters hurled at the TV in blind fury).

Instead, this year was all about "which frontrunner's gonna win it?"- categories where the winner was down to one or two (or three, sometimes) favorites, and one of those favorites inevitably took home a small, nude, gold man.

But there was still snubs and there were still surprises, and we're still going to catalogue them for you. Like w...

Rumor Patrol: Is Kathy Griffin Failing At 'Fashion Police? Did Lea Michele Barf During A Performance?

1/24/2015 1:00pm EST
Rumor Patrol: Kathy Griffin Failing At 'Fashion Police,' Lea Mic
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Kathy Griffin Failing As Host Of 'Fashion Police': Comedienne Kathy Griffin was brought on to replace the late Joan Rivers as host of the E! fashion commentary show, "Fashion Police." But has the funny lady taken on more than she can handle? Rumor has it that ratings are down and Griffin's nasty brand of humor isn't translating well with viewers.

Verdict: Waits To Be Seen. Griffin only has two shows ...

25 Biggest Entertainment Stories Of The Year

12/30/2014 7:06am EST
25 Biggest Entertainment Stories Of 2014
2014 was a big year in entertainment -- there were sex scandals, star-studded weddings, arrests, nude photo leaks and cyber attacks, as well as a fist fight in an elevator.

Which stars and entertainment stories made the biggest headlines in 2014?

In January, Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, Fla., on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), driving with an over six month expired license and resisting arrest without violence. That same month, Bieber was busted for throwing eggs at his neighbor's home in Calabasas, Calif., causing thousands of dollars of damage.


Fare Thee Well: Celebrities Who Passed On In 2014

12/26/2014 6:01pm EST
Philip Seymour Hoffman
It's that time again when we remember those celebrities we've lost throughout the year, and, unfortunately, 2014 was one year that we're looking forward to putting behind us.

The entertainment world lost a number of huge stars, ranging from legendary folks in the twilight of their lives, such as Sir Richard Attenborough, who passed away just days before his 91st birthday; Lauren Bacall, who died a month before her 90th; and prolific 99-year-old star Eli Wallach.

There was also controversy, like in the malpractice-related death of comedienne Joan Rivers and iconic Top 40 radio deejay Casey...

Ten Surprising Celebrity Deaths Of 2014

12/9/2014 6:59pm EST
10 Surprising Celebrity Deaths Of 2014
Year-end death lists usually include older stars who've lived long, fulfilling lives. People aren't usually too upset to see them go to the great big beyond. But when a star fades too early, particularly under unsettling circumstances, his or her passing can be shocking.

It was well known that Robin Williams battled substance abuse and depression and had been to rehab several times for drug addiction and alcoholism. Still, his death was shocking -- particularly the circumstances. Williams killed himself on Aug. 11. Following his passing, it was revealed that the comedian battled depression...

It’s Official, Kathy Griffin Is The New 'Fashion Police' Host

12/2/2014 11:52am EST
Kathy Griffin Confirms Spot As 'Fashion Police' Host
Kathy Griffin is no longer on the D-List as she takes over hosting duties from the late Joan Rivers in the newest incarnation of "Fashion Police."

In the months following Joan Rivers' untimely passing, the future of E!'s "Fashion Police" has been up in the air, with several noted female personalities in the running for the hosting gig such as Griffin, NeNe Leakes and Sarah Silverman.

E! confirmed in a statement that Griffin will indeed host and will be joined by new panelist, celebrity stylist Brad Goreski. Co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne will remain on the panel and Melissa R...

What Was The Cause of Joan River’s Death?

11/11/2014 9:37am EST
Doctor Screw Up Caused Joan Rivers Untimely Death
Joan Rivers death was caused by doctors not following proper procedure during minor surgery.

Upon a thorough investigation, the New York State Department of Health and Human Services found that there was no record the staff weighed Rivers before administering the sedative Propofol.The amount of the drug given is determined by a patient's weight. This is standard procedure when a person is sedated for any type of medical procedure.

TMZ revealed a computer at the clinic showed Rivers was given a twice the amount of Propofol then was needed for her weight.

Joan's personal doctor Gwen Korov...

Melissa Rivers Inherits $100 Million From Mother Joan's Estate

10/23/2014 9:44am EDT
Melissa Rivers
Joan Rivers left her daughter Melissa more than $100 million from her estate. The comedienne and "Fashion Star" host died in September after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest following a routine throat procedure in New York City.

According to Us Weekly, Melissa will receive $75 million in cash and a condo in the city's Upper East Side worth $35 million. Melissa's son Cooper, 13, is also expected to receive his own inheritance.

It has previously been reported that Joan also left provisions for her four rescue dogs. The comedienne's longtime assistant Jocelyn was granted custody of t...

Joan Rivers' Death Caused By Lack Of Oxygen To Brain

10/17/2014 10:18am EDT
Joan Rivers' Death Caused By Lack Of Oxygen To The Brain
Joan Rivers died of hypoxic arrest after surgery, according to a New York City medical examiner. The comedienne died in September after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat procedure at a medical clinic. She was rushed to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital and died a week later.

Medical officials now say the "Fashion Police" host died when oxygen to her brain was cut off during the procedure, resulting in brain damage.

A spokesperson said in a statement: "OCME (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner) has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers' death is an...

Kathy Griffin Reportedly In Talks To Take Over 'Fashion Police' Hosting Duties

9/24/2014 5:01pm EDT
Kathy Griffin Reportedly In Talks To Take Over 'Fashion Police'
Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has given E! network her blessing to continue "Fashion Police" beginning in 2015. She has also reportedly tipped her hat to a replacement that Rivers would have approved of to lead the show into new territory, comedienne Kathy Griffin.

A report in London's Daily Mail reveals, "A source told the Daily Mail that Joan's daughter, Melissa Rivers, will continue as a producer on the show. The source also reveald that Kathy has been told if she wants the gig she can have it because Melissa wanted someone who her mother would have approved of. Kathy will probably ta...

Joan Rivers Leaves $150 Million Fortune To Her Daughter & Dogs

9/18/2014 2:52pm EDT
Joan Rivers
It's becoming increasingly more common for people to leave portions of their fortune to their beloved pets. Joan Rivers is one of those people.

The comedienne died earlier this month after suffering a cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure in New York City. After a star-studded funeral on Sept. 7, details about her final wishes are now being made public.

According to the New York Daily News, the bulk of Rivers' estate, worth approximately $150 million, is going to her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper. But Rivers also made special arrangements and instructions regarding her f...

Joan Rivers' Doctor Took A Selfie While Star Was Under Anesthesia

9/17/2014 8:24am EDT
Joan Rivers
Just moments before Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine throat surgery, one of the doctors in her procedure room reportedly took a selfie.

CNN reports that the physician, who hasn't been publicly identified, was likely the star's personal ear, nose and throat doctor. One of the staff members from Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators about the incident.

Gastroenterologist Lawrence Cohen peformed an edoscopy on Rivers on Aug. 28. He put a camera down her throat to determine why the star's voice was so hoarse.

Rivers suffered respiratory and cardiac fa...

Joan Rivers Remembered

9/14/2014 8:57am EDT
Joan Rivers People Magazine obit
Joan Rivers joked that she always wanted an A-list send-off. Her memorial on Sept. 7 in Manhattan did not disappoint. This week's issue of PEOPLE celebrates the amazing life of the legendary comedian, who died at 81 following complications from a surgical procedure.

Three days after her death, Joan's celebrity friends gathered at Temple Emanu-El for a ceremony that brought both tears and howls from the star-studded crowd.

The music was the finest Broadway could offer, with solos from Hugh Jackman and Audra McDonald, plus the Gay Men's Chorus. Credit goes to Joan's only child, Melissa, 46,...

Rumor Patrol: Joan Rivers Fortune Goes To The Dogs, David Beckham’s Tattoo Professes Love For Beyonce & More!

9/13/2014 2:03pm EDT
Rumor Patrol: Joan Rivers Fortune Goes To The Dogs, David Beckha
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Joan Rivers Fortune Goes To The Dogs!: Joan Rivers made sure that upon her passing, daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper would be provided for. But, she also made special provisions for the care of her four beloved rescue dogs. How much did she leave her "babies"?

Verdict: Unbelievably True!: Joan’s goddaughter Tracie Hotchner told the Daily Mail that the iconic comedienne left “clear provisions” for ...

Clinic Fires Doctor Who Performed Procedure On Joan Rivers

9/13/2014 11:08am EDT
Clinic Fires Doctor Who Performed Procedure On Joan Rivers
Yorkville Endoscopy has forced out the doctor who performed a throat procedure on Joan Rivers on Aug. 28. The comedienne was having a routine surgery in the New York City facility when she suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest. She was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital and died on Sept. 4.

Rumors surfaced that the star stopped breathing following an unscheduled biopsy; however, the clinic denies ever performing throat biopsies at the facility.

Gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence B. Cohen, who was the medical director at the facility, is no longer employed at the clinic, insiders told WABC Eyew...

Yorkville Clinic Refutes Joan Rivers Biopsy Claims

9/11/2014 12:43pm EDT
Joan Rivers
A New York City clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a cardiac arrest is refuting rumors that they performed biopsies there.

Rivers' heart stopped beating in the midst of a throat operation at Yorkville Endoscopy on Aug. 28. The actress suffered a laryngospasm - a condition where her vocal cords seized up during the procedure - cutting off her air supply and sending her into cardiac arrest. She died a week later at Mount Sinai Hospital.

On Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported that Rivers lost consciousness during the procedure because her doctor performed an unplanned biopsy after spo...

Unauthorized Biopsy On Joan Rivers' Vocal Cords May Have Led To Her Death

9/10/2014 12:22pm EDT
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers might have easily been avoided if it weren't for an unplanned biopsy she had during a routine endoscopy six days before her death.

The 81-year-old comedy legend suffered cardiac arrest during a simple diagnostic procedure on her vocal cords to see why she had undergone a recent voice change.

Rivers went to the Yorkville Endoscopy center in Manhattan on August 28 for the procedure, and according to the New York Daily News one of the members of her entourage that day happened to be an ear, nose and throat specialist who saw something on one of her vocal cords and asked the docto...

Joan Rivers' Funeral Was A Star-Studded Affair

9/8/2014 8:17am EDT
Sarah Jessica Parker
Joan Rivers' funeral was held in New York City on Sunday, and the list of celebrity mourners included Hollywood and Broadway star Hugh Jackman, "The View" host Whoopi Goldberg, film star Sarah Jessica Parker and "Fashion Police" co-host Kelly Osbourne.

Other famous faces who came to pay their final respects included music mogul Clive Davis; actors Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters; funnywoman Kathy Griffin; fashion designers Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors; property mogul Donald Trump and newswomen Barbara Walters...

Joan Rivers Funeral Set For Today In New York City

9/7/2014 9:18am EDT
Joan Rivers Funeral Set For Today In New York City
Family and a host of A-list celebrities will gather in New York City today to say goodbye to iconic comedienne Joan Rivers who was 81.

A memorial service will be held at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan at 11am ET this morning.

"It is a terribly sad day for all of us," said Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson in a ABC News statement. "We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy."

Rivers passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon at Mount Sinai hospital after being taken off life support system, while surrounded by family and friends. She suffered cardi...

Joan Rivers Joked About Death In Final Interview

9/6/2014 8:17pm EDT
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers joked about dying in one of her final interviews before she died on Thursday. The 81-year-old "Fashion Police" host had a Q&A with Closer magazine just 48 hours before she underwent a routine throat procedure when she suffered a cardiac arrest during the operation. She was pulled off life support a week later.

Rivers told the publication that exercise kept her healthy and she joked about death, saying, "I've had periods in my life when I wasn't famous and no one would give me a show, so now I never take a break. I'll sleep when I'm dead..."

The comedienne also talked about her...

Melissa Rivers 'Doing Amazingly Well' Following Mother Joan's Death

9/6/2014 4:54pm EDT
Melissa Rivers
Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa is "doing amazingly well" following the death of her mother, according to a close friend of the family.

The comedienne, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday, a week after she suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat procedure at a nearby clinic. The star's funeral is being held Sunday.

Close friend Martin Fletcher says Melissa, who has called the outpouring of support "humbling," has been very strong while planning her mother's funeral. Fletcher told New York's CBS News, "She is doing amazingly well. She's her mothe...

Rumor Patrol: Joan Rivers Bizarre Funeral Wishes, Derek Hough Dating New Partner and More!

9/6/2014 2:00pm EDT
Rumor Patrol: Joan Rivers Bizarre Funeral Wishes, Derek Hough Da
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Joan Rivers Bizarre Funeral Wishes: One of the most outspoken women in Hollywood, Joan Rivers was no stranger to shocking people with her outrageous statements. So upon her death when her bizarre funeral wishes were revealed, people were horrified at her requests!

Verdict: Tongue-In-Cheek True! Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday at 81, dedicated an entire chapter of her 2012 book, I Hate Everyone...St...