Remembering Joan Rivers After Unexpected Death as ‘Fashion Police’ Ends

Tonight is the end of Fashion Police, a show made famous by the late legend Joan Rivers. The final episode, which will focus on the late legend Joan Rivers, will air on the E! Network tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT. E!’s official statement on the series finale of the show reads, “After more than two decades of countless laughs and unforgettable moments, E!’s iconic comedy franchise, produced by Wilshire Studios, will sign off to “Joan Rangers” one last time when Fashion Police: The Farewell series finale special airs … Helmed by the legendary comedian and series co-creator Joan Rivers since its inception in 1995, Fashion Police forever changed the pop culture conversation – covering every major award show and fashion event through the lens of its signature opinionated, relatable and self-deprecating comedic commentary. Following Joan’s passing in 2014, the franchise continued with the blessing of her daughter and executive producer on the show since launch, Melissa Rivers, who became a co-host in 2015. The current panel also includes Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, NeNe Leakes, and Margaret Cho. Over the past 20 years, the show has welcomed some of the most notable celebrities from the worlds of fashion, entertainment and sports.”

Joan Rivers’ cause of death was ruled as cerebral hypoxia and Joan’s daughter Melissa filed a malpractice lawsuit against the clinic when Rivers was having a procedure done, according to the Daily Mail. Melissa Rivers maintained that her mother’s death was, “100 percent preventable.” The legend died on September 4, 2014 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. After Rivers’ passing, Fashion Police underwent changes, including the cast. At the time, Giuliana Rancic talked to ABC News about the fate of the show, explaining, “They are looking at different scenarios. A lot of that will be up to [Melissa] and how she’s feeling and how she decides what she wants to do, along with the execs here at E! There is no word now — they are seeing what Fashion Police looks like without Joan … A part of me is like Joan would want Melissa and us and the team to go on and I know she would, but it’s just a matter of can there be a show without Joan? Do we want to do a Fashion Police without Joan? I don’t know.” Ultimately, Rivers’ daughter Melissa stepped in from behind the camera to join the show as host.

At the time of Joan Rivers’ death, her fellow co-stars and countless celebrities spoke out about their grief and the great loss they were suffering. Kelly Osbourne was a cast member of Fashion Police at the time and she posted this heart-breaking message on her Facebook when Rivers passed away:

I’m completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew. She was family and I will never forget her. Laughter will be difficult for a while but when I’m sad, lonely or upset all I will have to do is think of Joan and a smile will cross my face. Laughter is what she gave us and laughter is what she would want us to do in remembrance of her. Melissa and Cooper, my thoughts are with you and I love you both so much. Joan, thank you for taking me in and loving me as a daughter. I will miss you deeply and will always hear your voice in my head saying ‘my darling get out there and be you!’

Melissa Rivers was mother Joan’s best friend, daughter, producer and co-star. The two had their own reality series called Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? and Melissa also produced the show, as she did with Fashion Police. Melissa Rivers was born Melissa Warburg Rosenberg as her father was Edgar Rosenberg. Rosenberg committed suicide, overdosing on what is reported to be Valium.