Joan Rivers' manager breaks silence on her death

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A version of this story first appeared in the March 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Veteran manager-producer Larry Thompson, 71, worked closely with Joan Rivers for nearly a decade, but he hasn't spoken publicly about her since her tragic death at age 81 in September 2014.

During an interview with THR to mark his just-announced induction into the Personal Managers Hall of Fame, Thompson explains why he waited. "I thought no one could better speak for Joan than her daughter, Melissa, who has represented her in a most elegant way," he says. "Now, looking back over it, not only did Joan possess impeccable comedic timing but she had perfect legacy timing -; she died at the height of her long and lustrous career."

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Joan Rivers performs on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Image dated December 11, 1966. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1965: Comedian Joan Rivers poses for a portrait circa 1965 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American commedienne and entertainer Joan Rivers jumps into the air, her purse over an outstretched arm and a wig in her other hand, as she tries to hail a taxi from the side of the road, New York, New York, March 1966. (Photo by Truman Moore/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Headshot portrait of American comedian Joan Rivers leaning her face against her fist, 1960s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Overhead view of American commedienne and entertainer Joan Rivers as she lies in a bathtub and talks on the telephone, New York, New York, March 1966. Rivers is wearing a black dress with mesh sleeves and high heels. (Photo by Truman Moore/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Comedienne Joan Rivers talks about her upcoming Broadway play, "Fun City," in New York City, Nov. 4, 1971. Rivers will star in the play, which she co-wrote. (AP Photo)
Comedienne Joan Rivers is shown in Los Angeles, Ca., April 12, 1965. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 17 -- Pictured: Joan Rivers during the 'Old Age Home' skit on April 9, 1983 -- Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Joan Rivers, host Johnny Carson on Ocotber 5, 1976 -- (Photo by: Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Joan Rivers during Opening Night Performance of 'Marilyn' - February 20, 1985 at Area Nightclub in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 1970: Comedienne Joan Rivers performs live in November 1970 in New York City, New York. (Photo by I.C. Rapoport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1985: Comedian Joan Rivers poses for a portrait in 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
Francesco Scavullo, Joan Rivers, and Melissa Rivers (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American comedian Joan Rivers, circa 1985. Photographed in California by Harry Langdon. (Photo by Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers and Husband Edgar Rosenberg during 'The Bounty' Westwood Screening at Coronet Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LONDON -: Singer Boy George and actress Joan Rivers at the Park Lane Hotel in 1984, London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Comedienne Joan Rivers, right, waves as she shares a parade ride through Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., as part of the festivities connected to the naming of Rivers as “Woman of the Year" by Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the Harvard University drama group, Feb. 15, 1984. At left is John Isham, a Harvard senior from Newport, R.I. (AP Photo/Ted Gartland)
Comedian Joan Rivers and Barry Diller, chairman of Fox Inc., arrive for news conference in Los Angeles to announce that she will host a live talk show on Fox Broadcasting Co. that will compete with late night king Johnny Carson, May 6, 1986. Miss Rivers will lead the attack for Fox Broadcasting Corp’s new fourth network. (AP Photo/Jim Ruymen)
Comedienne Joan Rivers shown with ?Hulk? Hogan in 1985. (AP Photo)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Betty White, guest host Joan Rivers on September 28, 1983 -- (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Joan Rivers (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 01: Joan Rivers 4/1/1987 (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 1970: Comedienne Joan Rivers with daughter Melissa at home in November 1970 in New York City, New York. (Photo by I.C. Rapoport/Getty Images)
New York Post columnist Joey Adams gets a birthday kiss from comedienne Joan Rivers at his 80th birthday celebration at the Helmsley Hotel in New York, Jan. 8, 1991. (AP Photo/Mark Phillips)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Joan Rivers (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1987: Comedian Joan Rivers poses for a portrait in 1987 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Joan Rivers (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Joan Rivers (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Joan Rivers (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Joan Rivers during Birthday Party for Joan Rivers 'Sally Marr and Her Escorts' Cast Party - June 8, 1994 at Helen Hayes Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Joan Rivers during Birthday Party for Joan Rivers 'Sally Marr and Her Escorts' Cast Party - June 8, 1994 at Helen Hayes Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Joan Rivers (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers during 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/FilmMagic)
Joan Rivers during The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: TV Guide Channel Host Joan Rivers arrives 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)
Comedian, talk-show host and power shopper Joan Rivers takes on a new role as she applies makeup prior to a rehearsal in New York on Thursday, April 7, 1994. Rivers is preparing for her return to Broadway in, ?Sally Marr and her escorts.? The play, directed by Lonny Price, is the true story of the burlesque comic Sally Marr who was also the mother of controversial comedian Lenny Bruce. It is scheduled to open on May 5. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers seen at SiriusXM Studios in New York City on March 24, 2014. Credit: RW/MediaPunch
Television personality and entertainer Joan Rivers tours backstage with her camera crew before the Badgley Mischka Fall 2012 collection is shown during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
RIDGEWOOD, NJ - JULY 01: Joan Rivers promotes 'Diary of a Mad Diva' at Bookends Bookstore on July 1, 2014 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic)
RIDGEWOOD, NJ - JULY 01: Joan Rivers promotes 'Diary of a Mad Diva' at Bookends Bookstore on July 1, 2014 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Media personality/comedian Joan Rivers speaks to fans during her visit at Barnes & Noble Union Square to sign copies of her Book 'Diary Of A Mad Diva' on June 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty 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)
TV personalities Melissa, left, and Joan Rivers pose for a portrait Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers during The 77th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals at Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Joan Rivers during The 57th Annual Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Joan Rivers during Gala Opening of The JCPenney Experience on Broadway at One Times Square in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage)
Joan Rivers arrives at the QVC Red Carpet Style at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Joan Rivers Attends The 2007 British Academy Television Awards Sponsored By Pioneer At The Palladium In London. . (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
Joan Rivers during Opening Night Party for the Off-Broadway Musical 'Altar Boyz' at Dodger Stages then Crobar in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
American comedic artist Joan Rivers poses for photographers as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers" during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France, Monday, Oct 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Joan Rivers at the Central Park in New York City, New York (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - MARCH 02: Comedian Joan Rivers performs at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on March 2, 2008 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
Comedian Joan Rivers appearing in the Superstar Theater at Resorts Atlantic City on Friday October 20, 2006 (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
**FILE**Joan Rivers blows kisses on arrival at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 18, 2005, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The 72-year-old red-carpet critic and comedian said she and assistant Matt Stewart created a profile for her on Match.com. "We were hoping to meet Mr. Right," Rivers told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "We didn't even get a wink."(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Joan Rivers -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 26, 2009 file photo, Joan Rivers greets the audience at the "Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers" 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/Dan Steinberg, File)
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)
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)
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"I always felt like representing Joan you had to dress fashionably, be very sharp and funny and have plenty of energy just to stay ahead of the curve with her," he admits. "I think she respected me, and I loved her."

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Aired 06/29/1981 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Gary Coleman, guest host Joan Rivers (Photo by Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Comedienne Joan Rivers, left, hugs Joe Piscopo on the set of Saturday Night Live in New York on Thursday, April 8, 1983. Ms. Rivers will be the guest host for the show running on April 9. (Marty Lederhandler, AP)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 09/26/1983 -- Pictured: (l-r) Guest host Joan Rivers, actor David Hasselhoff on September 23, 1983 (Gene Arias, NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Comedienne Joan Rivers, left, welcomes actress Bo Derek as her guest on "The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif., June 28, 1984 in which Ms. Rivers filled in Johnny Carson's spot as the show host. (Nick Ut, AP)

Emmy Awards hosts Comedienne Joan Rivers, left, and comedian Eddie Murphy, right, during the Emmy awards in Pasadena, Sept. 23, 1984.  Man at center is unidentified. (AP Photo)
Singer Boy George and actress Joan Rivers at the Park Lane Hotel in 1984, London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Comedienne Joan Rivers shown with "Hulk" Hogan in 1985. (AP Photo)
Stevie Wonder stands with Joan Rivers at the 8th annual Los Angeles street Fest September 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, CA. The singer's performance in front of City Hall was watched by thousands including Mayor Tom Bradley. (Photo by Marc Biggins, Liaison/Getty)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Talk show host Oprah Winfrey during an interview with guest host Joan Rivers on January 27, 1986 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Arsenio Hall, guest host Joan Rivers on March 6, 1986 -- (Photo by: Gene Arias/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 04/25/1986 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress/comedian Joan Rivers during an interview with host Johnny Carson on April 25, 1986 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater, NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Performers on the first episode of "The Late Show" pose with star Joan Rivers, Oct. 9, 1986. From left: Elton John, Joan Rivers, Cher, and Pee Wee Herman. (Galbraith, AP)
Betty White, left, with Joan Rivers. (NBCU Photo Bank/Getty)
In this Oct. 30, 1986 file photo, talk show host Joan Rivers, right, talks with guest, first lady Nancy Reagan, during her appearance on "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers," 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. (Reed Saxon, AP)
Richard Simmons, left, with Joan Rivers. (NBC/Getty)
Late night talk show host Joan Rivers, right, blows out candles on a special cake with the assistance of guests Whoopi Goldberg and Michael J. Fox following the taping of the 100th edition of "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers" at Fox Television Studios in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 5, 1987. (Sunny Bak, AP)
Ivana Trump, left and Joan Rivers smile for the cameras at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Sept. 28, 1990. Tri-Star Pictures was hosting the premiere of "Avalon," the new film from Academy Award winning director Barry Levinson. (Phillip W. Schoultz, AP)
Comedienne Joan Rivers, left, designer Paloma Picasso, center, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour attend a benefit dinner for the American Suicide Foundation at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on Thursday, May 3, 1991. Many of the celebrities who gave their support to the organization had friends or family who were victims of suicide. (Luiz Ribeiro, AP)
Rap star Marky Mark, right, reacts to a joke during his appearance on the “Joan Rivers Show” in New York  Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1992. Mark unveiled one of the Calvin Klein underwear ads, background, that feature him wearing little but the product. (Bebeto Matthews, AP)
Radio shock-jock turned author, Howard Stern, sits on Joan Rivers' lap during the taping of the Joan Rivers Show in New York, Oct. 27, 1993. Stern was promoting his controversial best-seller, "Private Parts." (Richard Drew, AP)
Joan Rivers and Tyra Banks (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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. (Monika Graff, AP)
Joan Rivers and Mickey Mantle during 'Can We Shop' Telethon - May, 18, 1994 at CBS Broadcast Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Katie Couric, departing co-host of the NBC television "Today" program, laughs as Joan Rivers critiques a retrospective video tape of her fashions throughout Couric's 15 year tenure on the show, during her farewell broadcast in New York, Wednesday May 31, 2006. Couric is leaving the show to anchor the CBS "Evening News."  Al Roker, the show's weatherman, joins the occassion. (Richard Drew, AP)
Larry King stands next to Joan Rivers at a party held by CNN celebrating King's fifty years of broadcasting, New York, Wednesday, April 18, 2007. (Stuart Ramson, AP)
Joan Rivers and Bruce Vilanch during The 2005 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 'Gypsy of The Year Competition' at The Neil Simon Theater in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Joan Rivers, Antonio Banderas and Julie Andrews during Dreamworks Pictures and Dreamworks Productions Present The Premiere of Shrek 2 at Beekman Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage)
Joan Rivers and John Lithgow during Celebrities Backstage at 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' on Broadway at The Imperial Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas, FilmMagic/Getty)
Joan Rivers, Bill Maher and Melissa Rivers during HBO 2006 Golden Globes After Party - Arrivals at Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Michael Tran, FilmMagic/Getty)
US actors and comedians Joan Rivers and Robin Williams backstage at the Wimbledon Theatre after a charity performance in aid of the Prince's Trust charity, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. The event is one of a number to celebrate the Prince's 60th birthday on Nov. 14.  Both Williams and Rivers took part in the show. (Alastair Grant, AP)
Rosie O'Donnell and Joan Rivers during Opening Night of 'A Chorus Line' - Arrivals at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York, New York, United States. (Bruce Glikas, FilmMagic/Getty)
NEW YORK - MAY 10: Donald Trump and Joan Rivers attend 'The Celebrity Apprentice' season finale at the at American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Dennis Rodman and Joan Rivers attend 'The Celebrity Apprentice' season finale at the American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. (Jim Spellman, WireImage/Getty)

Joan Rivers, winner of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" show, air kisses Matt Lauer, left, co-host of the NBC "Today" television program, during her appearance in New York's Rockefeller Center Monday, May 11, 2009. At right is Ann Curry, Today's news anchor. (Richard Drew, AP)

Comedienne Kathy Griffin, right, and comedienne and roastee Joan Rivers arrive at the "Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers" in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 26,  2009. (Dan Steinberg, AP)
Actor Tom Arnold, left, kisses comedienne and roastee Joan Rivers hand at the "Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers" in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 26,  2009. (Dan Steinberg, AP)

Joan Rivers, left, and Sarah Silverman are seen on stage at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello, AP)

Joan Rivers waves one of Don King's flags on the red carpet of the Friars Club's Testimonial Dinner honoring Larry King in New York, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. (Charles Sykes, AP)
Comedians Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin pose for photos at the Friars Club Roast of Don Rickles at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday, June 24, 2013 in New York. (Greg Allen, Invision/AP)
From left, Sharon Osbourne, Ozy Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers arrive at the 56th annual GRAMMY awards - salute to industry icons with Clive Davis, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Dan Steinberg, Invision/AP)
This March 27, 2014 photo released by NBC shows comedian Joan Rivers, left, with host Jimmy Fallon, during an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," in New York. Fallon is showing an old photo of Rivers with Johnny Carson, the original host of "The Tonight Show." 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/NBC, Theo Wargo)
From left to right, singer Adam Lambert, comedian Joan Rivers, television personality Kelly Osbourne, and television personality Melissa Rivers pose together at the "Glamorous By George" book launch hosted by Joan and Melissa Rivers on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Dan Steinberg, Invision/AP)
Television personality George Kotsiopoulos, left, and comedian Joan Rivers pose together at the "Glamorous By George" book launch hosted by Joan and Melissa Rivers on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Dan Steinberg, Invision/AP)
From left to right, television personality Melissa Rivers, actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, 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)
(L-R) Joan Rivers and 50 Cent attend 50 Cent Street King Ad campaign shoot at the Planet Fitness - Harlem on March 27, 2012 in New York City. (Johnny Nunez, WireImage/Getty)
Liza Minnelli (L) and Joan Rivers pose backstage at the hit comedy 'The Performers' on Broadway at The Longacre Theater on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (Bruce Glikas, FilmMagic/Getty)
(L-R) Martha Stewart, Joan Rivers and Star Jones attend Dennis Basso during Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2013 in New York City. (Brian Killian, WireImage/Getty)
Orlando Bloom and Joan Rivers pose backstage at 'Romeo and Juliet' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on November 9, 2013 in New York City. (Bruce Glikas, FilmMagic/Getty)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Singer Ray J suprises media personality Joan Rivers onset as she visits 'Live From The Couch' to promote the March 29th season four premiere of her reality show 'Joan And Melissa: Joan Knows Best' on WETV at CBS -TV Studios on March 28, 2014 in New York City. (Jemal Countess, Getty)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Joan Rivers and Tracy Morgan -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 11: Comedy queen, television personality and best-selling author Joan Rivers visits THE TALK, Friday, July 11, 2014 on the CBS Television Network. From left, Joan Rivers, and Sharon Osbourne, shown. (Sonja Flemming, CBS via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Joan Rivers and Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 081 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Joan Rivers during an interview with host Seth Meyers on August 4, 2014 -- (Lloyd Bishop ,NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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