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Melissa Rivers' Favorite Tribute To Mom Joan Was By Courtney Love


By Emily Tess Katz

Countless celebrities, from the likes of Barbara Walters to Sarah Silverman, spoke out in sorrow after the untimely death of famed comedienne Joan Rivers back in September 2014.

But there were a few tributes in particular that struck the eye of Rivers' daughter, Melissa, she revealed in a conversation with HuffPost Live on Wednesday: specifically, the ones offered by her mother's "Fashion Police" victims.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Joan Rivers (R) and daughter Melissa 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 D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
Melissa Rivers, daughter of comedienne Joan Rivers, right and Cooper Endicott, 13, grandson of Rivers, leaves after a funeral service for Rivers at Temple Emanu-El (Photo By: James Keivom/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09: Melissa Rivers, Joan Rivers and Mario Lopez are seen on April 9, 2014 at in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers arrives at the Clive Davis And The Recording Academy Annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 22: Joan Rivers (R) and daughter Melissa Rivers attend An Evening With Joan And Melissa Rivers at 92nd Street Y on January 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: (L-R) TV personalities Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne, 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)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Adam Lambert, Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne and Melissa Rivers attend the George Kotsiopoulos 'Glamorous by George' Book Launch Party Hosted by Joan and Melissa Rivers on January 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Edgar Cooper Endicott, Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers attend the Vancouver Canucks vs New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden on November 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Melissa Rivers (L) and Joan Rivers attend the E! Fashion Police Fashion Week Kickoff Party at Thompson Soho on September 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
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)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 31: Television personalities Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers speak onstage at the DoSomething.org and VH1's 2013 Do Something Awards at Avalon on July 31, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 31: Television personalities Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers speak onstage at the DoSomething.org and VH1's 2013 Do Something Awards at Avalon on July 31, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'Bristol & Willow Palin / Joan & Melissa Rivers' - Joan and Melissa Rivers, one of television's most popular mother-daughter duos, live together with Melissa's 12-year-old son, Cooper, in her Los Angeles, California home, which doubles as a television production office and the set of three TV shows produced there. Every day in the house is scheduled to the minute. While the Rivers' home is bustling with assistants, crew members and cameras, the family still find time to sit down together for dinner every night. Stepping into Melissa's shoes, Bristol Palin is not prepared for the Rivers' formality and schedule, and is reluctant to fill in as executive producer of 'Fashion Police.' When Joan throws a formal dinner party to welcome Bristol, it doesn't go as Bristol had expected, leading her to appreciate her life back in Alaska even more. But Bristol is determined to bring some more fun into the Rivers' lives before the week is over. 'Celebrity Wife Swap' is back and all-new on Sundays this summer, kicking things off SUNDAY, JUNE 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) MELISSA RIVERS, JOAN RIVERS
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Television personalities Joan Rivers (L) and daughter 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)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'Bristol & Willow Palin / Joan & Melissa Rivers' - Joan and Melissa Rivers, one of television's most popular mother-daughter duos, live together with Melissa's 12-year-old son, Cooper, in her Los Angeles, California home, which doubles as a television production office and the set of three TV shows produced there. Every day in the house is scheduled to the minute. While the Rivers' home is bustling with assistants, crew members and cameras, the family still find time to sit down together for dinner every night. Stepping into Melissa's shoes, Bristol Palin is not prepared for the Rivers' formality and schedule, and is reluctant to fill in as executive producer of 'Fashion Police.' When Joan throws a formal dinner party to welcome Bristol, it doesn't go as Bristol had expected, leading her to appreciate her life back in Alaska even more. But Bristol is determined to bring some more fun into the Rivers' lives before the week is over. 'Celebrity Wife Swap' is back and all-new on Sundays this summer, kicking things off SUNDAY, JUNE 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) EDGAR ENDICOTT, MELISSA RIVERS, JOAN RIVERS
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers attend the 2013 Matrix Awards at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01: Joan and Melissa Rivers attend the Gray Line New York honors We tv stars Joan & Melissa Rivers at Pier 78 on March 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: TV Guide Channel Correspondants Joan Rivers (L) and Melissa Rivers arrive to the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01: (L-R) TV Personalities Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers attend Gray Line New York honors WE tv stars Joan & Melissa Rivers at Pier 78 on March 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: (L-R) George Kotsiopoulos, Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers on visit 'Extra' at The Grove on March 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
KATIE - 2/22/13 -Joan and Melissa Rivers visit KATIE, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) JOAN RIVERS, MELISSA RIVERS
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 18: TV personality Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers attend the TV Guide & Inside TV 2005 Emmy after party held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on September 18, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
KATIE - 2/22/13 -Joan and Melissa Rivers visit KATIE, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) JOAN RIVERS, KATIE COURIC, MELISSA RIVERS
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)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers are seen around Lincoln Center during Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers of 'Fashion Police' attend E! Networks 2012 Upfront at Gotham Hall on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 10: Actress Joan Rivers (L) and daughter Melissa arrive for the 10th Annual ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre on July 10, 2002 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
385801 05: E! Entertainment's fashion hosts, Joan Rivers, right, and her daughter Melissa, arrive at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards February 21, 2001 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Laura Farr/Newsmakers)
UNDATED FILE PHOTO: Joan and Melissa Rivers. (Photo by Diane Freed)
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"I loved seeing that outpouring from these women, especially the ones who took the heat on 'Fashion Police,'" she told host Caitlyn Becker, "Because it meant they got it. It meant they loved her. It meant they saw the humor."

She cited common "Fashion Police" subject Courtney Love's post as being her favorite, saying "something along the lines of ... 'I haven't finished looking like a mess yet. You can't be gone!'"


"And Katy Perry's," she continued, "Which was, 'What's the point of wearing all these stupid outfits if Joan isn't around to criticize them?'"

"[They] understood that it wasn't personal and that it was funny and the fact that we could talk about you and joke about you meant you were relevant," said Melissa.

In regards to complaints that "Fashion Police" was too mean-spirited, the Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation author had this to say:

"Oh my God, if we're able to make a joke [about you], think about where you are in your career! That's huge."

Watch more from Melissa Rivers' conversation with HuffPost Live here.

See how other celebrities reacted to Joan's death and paid tribute to her below:

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A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. RIP #JoanRivers @joan_rivers http://t.co/jnAC5G4AQo
This was the very first time I met @Joan_Rivers in 1991 when I was 6 years old! https://t.co/962t9HbgDS
Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone. http://t.co/i1uE9fyHMh
The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in hollywood. RIP
RIP GODDESS: Hail Hail, a GENIUS has vacated this realm: Joan Rivers has died.
"Very sad to hear about @Joan_Rivers . Always a friend to @duranduran . The Queen of camp, you will be missed." -JT http://t.co/ZYlPrJm1I5
Joan Rivers wouldn't hesitate to make a sick joke about the passing of Joan Rivers and that is why I will miss her. RIP.
Thinking of Joan Rivers—smart, strong, funny, a great friend, mom and grandmother…there will never be another. –Michael
RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.
#JoanRivers was thee trailblazer for ALL WOMEN COMICS WHO FOLLOWED!She proved a woman could be just as outrageous and as funny as the guys!
So heartbroken ... @Joan_Rivers we remember the laughs with tears xo
She read my Wikipedia page: "you trained in Flamenco & period dance. What the hell is period dance? Does it involve tampons?"- Joan Rivers 😂
RIP Joan Rivers. A force of nature.
My friend. RIPJoanRivers
we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end
Joan Rivers has died. What a sad ending to a brilliant and tragi-comic life; one of the bravest, and funniest of all.
I'm so sad 2 hear tht Joan Rivers passed away 2day :( A pioneer in women's comedy & a survivor w a capital S! Thank U Joan 4all th laughs <3
"I enjoy life when things are happening. I don't care if it's good things or bad things.That means you're alive" RIP my adored Joan Rivers
Rest In Peace Joan Rivers, You Were An Amazing Individual
Joan Rivers @Joan_Rivers was an amazing woman and a great friend. Her energy and talent were boundless. She will be greatly missed.
Unapologetically offensive, kind, tough, complicated, irrepressible, supremely energetic...and above all, bloody funny. RIP Joan Rivers.
Robin Williams & Joan Rivers dead in same few weeks. Arguably the funniest man & woman of my lifetime. Thank you both for all the laughs.
“We don’t apologize for a joke. We are comics. We are here to make you laugh. If you don’t get it, then don’t watch us.” Joan Rivers. RIP.
Rest In Peace, Joan Rivers. A true pioneer in comedy. You'll be deeply missed. #RIPJoanRivers http://t.co/uyiXi7DwOm
Man, I seriously hate this...We lost another comic. RIP Joan Rivers. You did it the only way you knew how....YOUR way! U are already missed
Joan Rivers was enormously talented and was always so kind. She is already dearly missed. #RIPJoanRivers
This was 4 weeks ago. She was a joy. I'll never forget her and will miss her terribly. RIP Joan Rivers. A legend. http://t.co/v9vu9PALnd
Rivers will keep them rollin. #RIPJoanRivers.
Joan Rivers. What an extraordinary life. Changed comedy. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for Melissa and Cooper. God bless them all
Joan Rivers. Now there was a comedian with balls #RIP
I'm so sad. I don't know how to process this. No posting today. Joan Rivers has died at age 81, her daughter… http://t.co/aD6oI6Y91E
I'm sure Joan Rivers would love every sick joke that's being made about her passing. Never met her, but spent my lifetime inspired by her.
In shock hearing that joan rivers died. She felt like someone who was ageless and would live forever. I still don’t really believe it.
Rest In Peace Joan Rivers. thoughts and prayers to her family and those who knew her. She was one of a kind. She will be missed
Heartbroken to hear about Joan Rivers. She was so kind to me, to my family, and she helped many people behind the scenes. RIP to the legend.
RIP Joan Rivers. Fearless & amazing. Here's a clip from her great documentary where she DESTROYS a heckler: http://t.co/mO0u25Y6HN
My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan 😢
What a loss of a legend and amazing woman... Rest in peace @Joan_Rivers
So sad about Joan Rivers. She was such a kind and absolutely hilarious woman. My heart goes out to her family. http://t.co/k3HV2hf4nZ
"Humor doesn't come out of the good times, it comes out of the anger, pain and sorrow," ---- Joan Rivers.
Joan Rivers was a great lady that will be missed. And now these celebrities will wear whatever they want. Rest in peace Joan.
So funny and irrepressible. Rest in peace, Joan Rivers.
#Rip Joan Rivers. Thank you for everything...❤️🙏 http://t.co/cUkOFwVSNM
Gutted. As well as being an icon and trailblazer, Joan Rivers was so kind to me when I first came to LA. Tonight I raise a glass to you Joan
RIP, #JoanRivers.... What a spirited force, trailblazer and beacon for all things funny. Such a loss.
Our heart and prayers goes out to Melissa and the entire family! May you RIP Joan Rivers!
They won't ever make another one like her... #RIP Joan Rivers, you will always be amazing, I was blessed to meet you http://t.co/xJJ9Mx2iPL
Saddened that Joan Rivers has passed. What a legacy she leaves. Praying for Melissa, Cooper & their family
RIP Joan Rivers thank you for Years of laughs and smiles, you were one of a kind! @MelRivers stay strong the whole world is here for you!
RIP Joan Rivers. Her documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is on netflix & is one of the best movies ever made about standup comedy.
RIP Joan Rivers. You made us laugh and happy.
RIP to the funniest, most hardworking lady in the biz. You will be missed @Joan_Rivers!
We will miss you @Joan_Rivers. What you did in your life was absolutely remarkable. Your rep for kindness to everyone was completely true
Joan, thank you for your fearlessness, it will never be replaced. #RIP. #JoanRivers
I can't even comprehend the fact that I was @Joan_Rivers last best dressed on @e_FashionPolice. It was a dream come true. Thank you Joan.
I'll miss my good friend & fellow Barnard grad Joan Rivers-Greatly admired her comedic genius. Pls remember her w/ me http://t.co/VILWl7ZGUE
I just heard the sad news... RIP Joan Rivers :( My sincerest condolences go out to her family.
So sad over the passing of @Joan_Rivers. U brought me a lifetime of laughter & were amazing to me the few times we met. RIP
Joan Rivers was one of the smartest and most beautifully flawed women of all time.
“We don’t apologize for a joke. We are comics. We are here to make you laugh. If you don’t get it, then don’t watch us.” - Joan Rivers
I feel so blessed to have had the pleasure of chatting with Joan Rivers before she passed. What an… http://t.co/4BKrGBlaQ1
So sad to learn of @Joan_Rivers' passing...she was always incredibly kind to me and a true American treasure.
#JoanRivers to me many years ago: Always tell us the truth. We may not like you for it, so if you want to be liked do something else.
.@MelRivers my heart goes out to you& your family at the loss of your mother. @Joan_Rivers showed us women could be unapologetically funny.
Heart is broken that we lost such a great icon #JoanRivers was 1 of a kind. Know she's making God LOL #JoanRiversRIP http://t.co/UX9JF7Kn2w
Just gonna assume everyone telling me I'm ugly on twitter tonight is commemorating Joan Rivers and therefore I love you all
Joan Rivers was always lovely to me- we shared the same manager Billy Sammeth for many years. I recently did the... http://t.co/KC7LRd7DUN
Rest in peace, Joan Rivers. You were a pioneer for so many women! #RIPJoan #GirlPower
So sad to hear of @Joan_Rivers' passing. She was an icon and a great lady. We will miss you on the red carpet.
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