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Jimmy Kimmel Remembers Joan Rivers: See His Touching Tribute

Fri, September 5, 2014 8:26am EDT by Add first Comment

On the Sept. 4 episode of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ host Jimmy Kimmel took a moment to remember the legendary comedienne Joan Rivers, who passed away earlier that day. Watch the video to see Jimmy’s touching tribute.

Hollywood continues to mourn the death of Joan Rivers, who sadly passed away on Sept. 4 at the age of 81. The female comedienne had a massive impact on comedy, and late night host Jimmy Kimmel, 46, paid tribute to the trailblazer on the Sept. 4 episode. Jimmy fondly remembered his time with Joan, and included a clip from her past appearance on the show. Click to watch.

Jimmy Kimmel’s Joan Rivers Tribute

“The great Joan Rivers passed away today,” Jimmy began. “She was 81. And besides being a pioneer for women in comedy, for everyone in comedy,  Joan was a very lucky person because she loved her job so much, she never wanted to stop and she didn’t have to stop, because she was still great at it.”

Joan was always up for a laugh, and Jimmy loved having her on the show. 

“I had the good fortune of having Joan on the show I think like six times…and I wanted to show a clip from the last time she was on here because she was so funny… keep in mind, in this clip, this woman is 80 years old in this.”

In the clip, Joan joked about how she wanted her grandson to be gay, so she could tell him about Judy Garland. Joan, at 80 years old, looked absolutely fabulous and was quick-witted as ever.

“My thoughts go out to Joan’s daughter Melissa and her grandson. The good news is there’s less pressure on him to be gay now. There’s less pressure on all of us to be gay now. We will miss you, Joan.”

Joan was hospitalized on Aug. 28 after she went into cardiac arrest during a routine throat surgery. She was surrounded by her family and friends when she passed. Her Fashion Police family, as well as all of Hollywood, continue to mourn the comedy icon.

Our condolences go out to Joan’s family and friends during this difficult time.

HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Jimmy’s tribute? Let us know.

— Avery Thompson

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