The late-night talk shows hosts are weighing in tonight with their memories of Joan Rivers, who died today at 81.
Said David Letterman on CBS’ Late Show: “Here’s a woman, a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy. And talk about guts – she would come out here and sit in this chair and say some things that were unbelievable, just where you would have to swallow pretty hard … but it was hilarious… the force of her comedy was overpowering.” Check out the clip:
Jimmy Kimmel talked about her during his monologue. “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,” he said on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! “And she didn’t have to stop, because she was still great at it.”
Conan O’Brien and his guest Chris Hardwick also discussed the late comic on TBS’ Conan. Turns out the Talking Dead host saw Rivers open for Johnny Carson in Vegas as a kid and later became friends with her. O’Brien recalls watching Rivers fill in for Carson as host of The Tonight Show. Check out the clip above.
Seth Meyers also weighed in:
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon also talked about Rivers during his NBC show, as did Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. “There are very few people in my business that you could say are or were great talents. Joan Rivers was one of them. Unfortunately, she has passed away. We send our best to her family,” Stewart said at the close of the show, followed by a clip of Rivers’ early standup.
Comedy Central’s @midnight will run a tribute card during tonight’s show.
We’ll continue to update when video becomes available.