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NEW YORK - APRIL 27: Joan Rivers from the film 'Joan Rivers - A Piece of Work' attends the Tribeca Film Festival 2010 portrait studio at the FilmMaker Industry Press Center on April 27, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1968: Comedian Joan Rivers poses for a portrait circa 1968 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
A newspaper, flowers and cards are part of a sidewalk memorial for comedian Joan Rivers at the doorstep of her apartment building, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in New York. Rivers died Thursday at a New York hospital following complications from surgery. She was 81. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Joan Rivers makes it quite clear - she'€™s starting a new syndicated talk show and its name is "The Joan Rivers Show," in Los Angeles, Aug. 15, 1989 (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Joan Rivers interviews soccer legend Pele on her syndicated talk show ?Can We Shop? in New York on Thursday, April 21, 1994. During the taping Pele, 53, confirmed rumors that he will wed Assiria, 33, a fellow Brazilian, at the end of April. The show is scheduled to air on May 10, 1994. (AP Photo/Monika Graff)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Tributes and flowers lay outside Joan River's Upper East Side home on September 6, 2014 in New York City. Joan Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by Rob Kim/GC Images)
370571 11: Comedienne Joan Rivers attends the 28th Annual 'FiFi' Awards, June 6, 2000 in New York City. The 'FiFi's,' the Oscars of the fragrance world, recognize the fragrance stars of the year and honors the industry's creative achievements. (Photo by George De Sota/Liaison)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 21: Comedian Joan Rivers attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
A note and flowers are part of a sidewalk memorial for comedian Joan Rivers at the doorstep of her apartment building, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in New York. Rivers died Thursday at a New York hospital following complications from surgery. She was 81. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Joan Rivers attends the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 25, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
A newspaper, flowers and cards are part of a sidewalk memorial for comedian Joan Rivers at the doorstep of her apartment building, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in New York. Rivers died Thursday at a New York hospital following complications from surgery. She was 81. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Sisters Keely Hassett, left, and Leimana Hassett from Maui, Hawaii, pay their respects next to flowers surrounding Joan Rivers' star and memorial wreath on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Joan Rivers visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on February 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Flowers surround Joan Rivers' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Joan Rivers is seen around Lincoln Center during Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on February 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: TV Guide Channel Hosts Melissa and Joan Rivers arrive to the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
A note and flowers are part of a sidewalk memorial for comedian Joan Rivers at the doorstep of her apartment building, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in New York. Rivers died Thursday at a New York hospital following complications from surgery. She was 81. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 27: Television personalities Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers on the red carpet at the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Television personalities Joan and Melissa Rivers attend the HBO Golden Globe after party held at the Beverly Hilton on January 16, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
TV personalities Melissa, left, and Joan Rivers pose for a portrait Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Memorial for Joan Rivers on the Marquee of the Gotham Comedy Club on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Joan Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Tourists pause next to a memorial wreath at Joan Rivers' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Comedienne Joan Rivers (L) and TV personality Melissa Rivers attend the Elie Tahari Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on February 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 31: TV personalities Joan Rivers (L) and Melissa Rivers pose for a portrait at the DoSomething.org and VH1's 2013 Do Something Awards at Avalon on July 31, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)
Paula Reardon places flowers at a sidewalk memorial for comedian Joan Rivers at the doorstep of her apartment building, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in New York. Rivers died Thursday at a New York hospital following complications from surgery. She was 81. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Joan Rivers attends SiriusXM's 'Howard Stern Birthday Bash' at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
TV personality Joan Rivers officiates the gay wedding of William 'Jed' Ryan (L) and Joseph Aiello at the Plaza Athenee on August 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 081 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comeidan Joan Rivers during an interview with host Seth Meyers on August 4, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: TV personality Joan Rivers attends the New York Women In Communications 2013 Matrix Awards on April 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for New York Women In Communications)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Joan Rivers poses backstage at the Badgley Mischka Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
Joan Rivers attends a screening of the season two premiere of WE tv's "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" in New York, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Tributes and flowers lay outside Joan River's Upper East Side home on September 6, 2014 in New York City. Joan Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by Rob Kim/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: SiriusXM's Unmasked Special With Joan Rivers at SiriusXM on June 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Sirius XM)
US actress Joan Rivers poses during a photocall during the 25th edition of the MIPCOM, on October 05, 2009 in Cannes, southern France. Some 12,000 TV executives trek to the French Riviera this week to eyeball new programmes up for grabs at the annual MIPCOM, signalling whether the entertainment industry is easing out of recession. With advertising revenues down worldwide, the annual four-day spending spree kicking off Today in Cannes will test the economic waters, said Mathieu Bejot, the head of TV France International, which has 800 programmes up for sale. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Myrna Patrich places flowers at a sidewalk memorial for comedian Joan Rivers at the doorstep of her apartment building, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in New York. Rivers died Thursday at a New York hospital following complications from surgery. She was 81. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
A note and flowers are part of a sidewalk memorial for comedian Joan Rivers at the doorstep of her apartment building, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in New York. Rivers died Thursday at a New York hospital following complications from surgery. She was 81. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Comedian Joan Rivers attends the 2012 Made In NY Awards at Gracie Mansion on June 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Joan Rivers attends the Broadway opening night of 'A Time To Kill' at The Golden Theatre on October 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Tributes and flowers lay outside Joan River's Upper East Side home on September 6, 2014 in New York City. Joan Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by Rob Kim/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: TV personality Joan Rivers attends the Tie The Knot Spring Collection launch hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita and Thetiebar.com at Avenue on February 27, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tie the Knot)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Comedian Joan Rivers (L) and Rainbeau Mars attend Global Green USA's 11th Annual Pre-Oscar party at Avalon on February 26, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for Global Green)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Joan Rivers attends the Bill Blass Fall 2007 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent in Bryant Park February 6, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for IMG)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 27: TV personality Joan Rivers arrives at the 4th annual TV Guide after party celebrating Emmys 2006 held at Social Hollywood on August 27, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: TV personality Joan Rivers attends New York City's Elie Tahari Day at Elie Tahari Pop-up Store on September 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Media personality Joan Rivers attends the 2013 Tribeca Ball at New York Academy of Art on April 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: TV personalities Joan Rivers (L) and Melissa Rivers attend the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Flowers placed on The Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in memory of TV personality/comedian Joan Rivers on September 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: A general view of atmosphere outside Joan Rivers' apartment on September 5, 2014 in New York City. Joan Rivers passed away on September 5, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers attends the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment 2014 Upfront at the Javits Center on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Singer Adam Lambert, left, and comedian Joan Rivers at the "Glamorous By George" book launch hosted by Joan and Melissa Rivers on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 10: Comedian Joan Rivers speaks to reporters at the awards ceremony for the 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize on November 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. This year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was awarded posthumously to George Carlin. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 19: Actress Joan Rivers takes a tour of Fenway Park prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox on July 19, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: TV personality Joan Rivers attends the 12th Annual Heller Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 19, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
Joan Rivers during Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa Host the Second Annual Relly Awards on 'LIVE with Regis and Kelly' at ABC-TV Studios in Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Joan Rivers attends the Broadway opening night production of 'Twelfth Night' & 'Richard III' at Belasco Theatre on November 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Tributes and flowers lay outside Joan River's Upper East Side home on September 6, 2014 in New York City. Joan Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by Rob Kim/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: (L-R) Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers attend the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers attend the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Joan Rivers at taping of CMT's 40 Greatest Done-Me-Wrong Songs (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Joan Rivers performs at the Stardust Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday, June 26, 2004. Photo by Ethan Miller for Entertainment Weekly
Joan Rivers during Silver Spoon Pre-Golden Globe Hollywood Buffet - Day 2 at Private Residence in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage for Silver Spoon (formerly The Cabana))
Comedienne and roastee Joan Rivers greets the audience at the "Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers" in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: TV hosts Joan and Melissa Rivers at the TV Guide stage during arrivals to the 47th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center February 13, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
Joan and Melissa Rivers pose during their visit to AOL.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: A general view of atmosphere outside Joan Rivers' apartment on September 5, 2014 in New York City. Joan Rivers passed away on September 5, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Flowers placed on The Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in memory of TV personality/comedian Joan Rivers on September 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Television personality Joan Rivers leaves the Sirius XM Studios on March 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
Flowers are placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Joan Rivers in Hollywood, California on September 4, 2014, following news of the comedian's death in New York at the age of 81. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
FT.LAUDERDALE, FL - DECEMBER 12: Grand Marshall Joan Rivers at the Winterfest Boat Parade on December 12, 1991 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/GettyImages)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 04: Joan Rivers at the Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts on September 4, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Getty Images)
Flowers are placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Joan Rivers in Hollywood, California on September 4, 2014, following news of the comedian's death in New York at the age of 81. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 081 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comeidan Joan Rivers during an interview with host Seth Meyers on August 4, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Joan Rivers -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: TV personality Joan Rivers seen on the streets of Manhattan on July 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 10: Comedian Joan Rivers poses before signing copies of her new book 'Diary Of A Mad Diva' at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on July 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 10: Joan Rivers attends a book signing for her book 'Diary Of A Mad Diva' at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on July 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Kohen/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Joan Rivers visits Barnes & Noble Union Square to promote her latest book, 'Diary of a Mad Diva' on June 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Joan Rivers promotes her new book 'Diary of a Mad Diva' on June 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 27: Actress, comedian, and writer Joan Rivers attends Michigan Avenue Magazine Celebrates Its Women Of Influence, May/June Issue With Joan Rivers at Neiman Marcus Chicago on May 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Michigan Avenue Magazine)
WESTBURY, NY - MAY 20: Joan Rivers attends the 2014 Larger Than Life Gala at Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation on May 20, 2014 in Westbury, New York. (Photo by Shahar Azran/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: TV Personalities Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers from 'Fashion Police' attend the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Joan Rivers attends the Global Green USA's 11th Annual Pre-Oscar Party held at Avalon on February 26, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Robin Quivers and Joan Rivers attend 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Joan Rivers and Jeff Ross onstage at 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 15: Joan Rivers is seen arriving at LAX airport on December 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Comedians Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin attend The Friars Foundation Annual Applause Award Gala honoring Don Rickles at The Waldorf=Astoria on June 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: TV personality Joan Rivers leaves the 'Good Day New York' taping at the Fox 5 Studios on May 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers attends a screening of the season two premiere of WE tv's "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" in New York, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Joan Rivers looks at beads during the Krewe of Orpheus parade in the Uptown area of New Orleans Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Joan Rivers arrives at the New York premiere of Michael Moore's movie "SiCKO", Monday, June 18, 2007 in New York. "SiCKO" is Moore's controversial new documentary about America's health-care industry. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
Joan Rivers appears on the NBC television program "Today", in New York, Wednesday May 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Joan Rivers pounds nails as she helps to construct a house in New York's Rockefeller Center, Wednesday Sept.. 28, 2005. She volunteered in support of the Hurricane Katrina Project, a joint effort with with NBC, Warner Bros. Music and Habitat For Humanity to provide homes for people displaced by the recent hurricanes. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2005 file photo, comedian Joan Rivers blows kisses on arrival at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) - The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, has reversed itself and will ask theaters to dim their lights in honor of Joan Rivers.

The league had said Monday that Rivers did not meet the criteria for the honor, triggering a controversy when several theater owners said they would turn off their marquee lights Tuesday anyway. An online petition was launched and several celebrities came out in favor of granting the honor.

The league changed course Tuesday afternoon, saying the lights would dim at 6:45 p.m. for one minute.

"Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her," Charlotte St. Martin, the league's executive director, said in a statement. "Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our community and from her friends and fans worldwide, the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tonight."

Rivers, who died Thursday at 81, was known primarily as a TV actress and comedian, though she was seen as a champion of Broadway and off-Broadway shows and earned a Tony Award nomination.

Before the league's reversal, 10 theaters - out of 40 - were set to break with the league and dim their lights.

Theater producer Tom D'Angora had started an online petition asking the league to reverse its decision.

"I promise you, the majority of the community wants to thank and honor her," said D'Angora, who has produced the off-Broadway shows "NEWSical" and "Naked Boys Singing." ''She did so much. She was such an outspoken champion."

"I can't believe we can be denied the last chance to show respect and thank her. I also think if you watch her interviews and documentaries, this would hurt her feelings," he added. "Plus, how hard is it to hit a dimmer switch?"

A spokeswoman for the Rivers family said they were in mourning and didn't want to comment.

The controversy triggered the creation of the Twitter hashtags #dimthelightsforJoan and #Dim4Joan. Celebrities including Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein and Donna Murphy came out in favor of the honor.

Rivers wrote and starred in the 1971 quick-to-close "Fun City," was in Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" in 1988, and wrote and starred in "Sally Marr ... and Her Escorts" in 1994, where she earned her Tony nod.

Some celebrities who have been recently granted the honor include Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Gandolfini, whose TV and film careers often overshadowed their theater contributions.

Broadway stars came out in force for Rivers' funeral on Sunday, including Audra McDonald, who sang "Smile," and Hugh Jackman, who sang "Quiet Please, There's a Lady On Stage." In attendance were theater stars such as Bernadette Peters, Alan Cumming and Tommy Tune.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Whoopi Goldberg attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Howard Stern (center R) and wife Beth Ostrosky Stern attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Billy Bush (center L) and Hoda Kotb (center R) attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Donald Trump Jr. (R) and wife Vanessa Trump attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Kathie Lee Gifford (L) and Hoda Kotb attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Charlie Rose (R) attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Matthew Broderick (R) and son James Wilkie Broderick attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Matthew Broderick (C) attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Terrence Jenkins attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Diane Sawyer attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Barbara Walters attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Whoopi Goldberg attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Sarah Jessica Parker and James Wilkie Broderick (R) attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Sarah Jessica Parker (R), Matthew Broderick (L) and their son James Wilkie Broderick attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Sarah Jessica Parker and James Wilkie Broderick (R) attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Sarah Jessica Parker (R), Matthew Broderick (L) and their son James Wilkie Broderick attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Diane Sawyer attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by GWR/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: The Emerald Society performs at the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Sarah Jessica Parker, center right, speaks with attendees after a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Barbara Walters arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Kelly Osbourne arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Attendees gather after a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Whoopi Goldberg arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Kelly Osbourne, center, arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Rosie O'Donnell speaks with attendees as she leaves a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Cooper Endicott and Melissa Rivers depart the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Deborah Norville is embraced after a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Howard Stern, center, arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Dr. Memhet Oz, left, and his wife Lisa Oz, arrive at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Donald Trump (center L) and wife Melania Trump attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Donald Trump arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Donald Trump Jr. attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Geraldo Rivera, center, arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Television news anchor Diane Sawyer, upper right, arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Radio personality Robin Quivers, right, arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Mourners embrace as they arrive at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Carolina Herrera arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by GWR/Star Max/GC Images)
Melissa Rivers and her son Cooper Endicott walk to a waiting car after the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Actor Matthew Broderick departs a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Melissa Rivers and her son Cooper Endicott look out the window of a car as they leave the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Melissa Rivers looks out the window of a car at a group of bagpipers as they leave the funeral service for her mother, comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at age 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Bagpipers march out the doors of Temple Emanu-El after the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Bagpipers march from the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Bagpipers march out the doors of Temple Emanu-El onto Fifth Avenue after the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
People in a horse and carriage pass as attendees arrive at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
People watch as guests arrive at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Press Photographers take photos of guests arriving at the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by GWR/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Charlotte, a cousin of the late Joan Rivers attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Michael Musto attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Joy Behar attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Clive Davis attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Melissa Rivers attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Mario Cantone attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Judge Judy attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: John Waters attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Steve Forbes attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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