Melissa Rivers was touched by the outpouring condolences she received after the death of her mother.
The 46-year-old daughter to the late comedian makes her first public appearance on E!’s “Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan” special Friday and reveals the note she received from the White House.
“She affected so many people, and people you would never expect to have humor,” Rivers said in the teaser clip.
“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.'”
Rivers joins the “Fashion Police” gang during the 90-minute tribute to the 81-year-old star.
Evan Agostini/ASSOCIATED PRESS TV host Joan Rivers and daughter Melissa Rivers at an E! Network upfront event in New York. E!/Timothy White/E! Kelly Osbourne, Joan Rivers, Giuliana Rancic, and George Kostiopolous in an E! promo shot for ‘Fashion Police.’
“Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world,” Rivers said in a statement on Sept. 4 after Joan’s passing.
“They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
The E! network will play an all-day “Fashion Police” marathon honoring Joan as Melissa, Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos will be on hand to celebrate her life and the lasting impact she left during her six-decade long career in entertainment.