Melissa Rivers responds to Oscars snub of late mother Joan Rivers

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Melissa Rivers Responds To Oscars Snub Of Late Mother

Oscars producers left Joan Rivers out of their annual "In Memoriam" tribute, and now Melissa Rivers is speaking out.

In a Facebook post, she writes:

"It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with support and love over my mom's passing and we choose to focus on that."

The Academy released a statement on Monday, explaining that she "is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year's Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com."

But Melissa wasn't the only one they let down. Fans and fellow celebs also expressed their disappointment in the Academy's decision.

Chat show host Sally Raphael tweeted, "No mention of @Joan_Rivers in the Memorial?! That's not right."

And Billy Eichner said, "She basically created the red carpet ... For shame!"

Others attempted to remind the Academy that she directed Billy Crystal's "Rabbit Test" in 1978.

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No Joan Rivers in the montage??? She basically created the red carpet which makes all of these bitches millions. For shame!!!
No mention of @Joan_Rivers in the memorial?! That's not right. #Oscars2015
How could the Academy have forgotten about this? #Oscars2015 #JoanRivers http://t.co/OQSruve3F9
Joan Rivers on the set of Rabbit Test, a movie she directed. http://t.co/G2QvTkhv0r
Joan Rivers would have a great joke about not making the In Memoriam cut #Osars2015
Dear @TheAcademy : It was really shameful that you didn't include #JoanRivers in your "In Memoriam" tribute at the #Oscars. That was wrong.
How the hell was Joan Rivers not in the In Memoriam?
No @JoanRivers recognized - In Memoriam. Not Good Academy. #Oscar2015
Omitting Joan Rivers from that in memoriam was genuinely disrespectful.
Shocking that Joan Rivers didn't make the in memoriam cut.
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Dave Itzkoff posted a pic of Joan back in the day wearing her "director person" shirt, and Stephen Battaglio also posted a picture, asking, "How could the Academy have forgotten about this?"

While Rivers wasn't necessarily known for her movie appearances, her IMDB page cites 38 acting credits over 63 years, with roles in "Space Balls," "Iron Man 3," "Shrek 2," and the 2010 documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work."

Other celebs who were notably left out include Elaine Stritch, Taylor Negron, Gottfried John and Richard Kiel.

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In 1969, American comedian Joan Rivers laughs while hosting the television program 'That Show'. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers and Show Girls during 'Best of Vegas' Awards at Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Comedienne Joan Rivers, in a denim jacket, with her dog Spike at a press conference to announce that she is the new No Excuses jeans girl. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American comedienne television and radio presenter Joan Rivers, early 1990s. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Grand Marshall Joan Rivers at the Winterfest Boat Parade on December 12, 1991 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/GettyImages)
American comedienne television and radio presenter Joan Rivers, with a doorman at the Ritz Hotel, London, early 1990s. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Comedienne and television personality Joan Rivers attends a benefit at Sotheby's, NYC, 1998. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers, right, and daughter Melissa, of E! Television, wait for stars to arrive on the red carpet for the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California January 20, 2002. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Joan Rivers, Host E! Entertainment Live from the Red Carpet and Fashion Police attends the 76th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Joan and Melissa Rivers at 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, September 18, 2005 (Image Credit: shutterstock)

Joan and Melissa Rivers at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. January 16, 2006 Beverly Hills, CA 2006 Paul Smith / Featureflash (Image Credit: shutterstock)
Joan Rivers during 2007 British Academy Television Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals at London Palladium in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin arrive on the red carpet of The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers at CBS Studios - Radford on July 26, 2009 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
TV personalities Melissa Rivers (L) and Joan Rivers arrive at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring L.A. Reid held at The Beverly Hilton on February 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Comedian Joan Rivers attends 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)
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