Melissa Rivers settled the lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy for a reported eight-figure sum.
The daughter of the late Joan Rivers has settled a medical malpractice lawsuit against the New York City clinic blamed for her mother’s death in 2014, for a sum reported to be eight figures.
Melissa Rivers filed the suit against Yorkville Endoscopy in January 2015, after her mother lost consciousness during a routine throat operation at the clinic in August 2014. She was rushed to hospital and placed on life support, but didn’t regain consciousness before passing away a week later at the age of 81.
A source told gossip site TMZ that the figure reached in the settlement was in eight figures, but the precise amount was not disclosed.
The daughter of the iconic comedienne said her mother "was willing to say what others were thinking and too frightened to admit," while speaking about her passing for the first time at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast.
Since Her Death It has been three months since the sudden and tragic death of iconic comedienne Joan Rivers, and on Wednesday (Dec 10th), her daughter Melissa finally commented on her passing for the first time during an emotional speech.
Melissa with her late mother in March 2013
While attending The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles, Melissa called her late mother "fearless" when speaking with the audience about what made her late mother such successful star.
But the show will no longer be weekly, instead only airing during awards season.
It seems that Kathy Griffin may have finally decided to sign on as the new host of E!’s ‘Fashion Police’. TMZ are reporting that the flame haired comedian has now been confirmed as the show’s new host, replacing the late Joan Rivers.
Is Kathy Griffin the new host of 'Fashion Police'?
According to the site, River’s daughter Melissa, who also serves as the series’ producer, will be joining Kathy along with returning co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne. However it is still unclear as to whether fellow co-host George Kotsiopoulos will also stay on.
We’re expecting plenty of boardroom drama this season…
Donald Trump has revealed the latest crop of famous faces hoping to avoid a firing on this season’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’. Trump had previously said that he'd "never had a cast that hated each other more than this cast,” which of course means drama, drama, drama. So who are the unlucky 16 stepping into the boardroom this season?
Who will Donald Trump be firing this season?
First up is reality TV veteran Kate Gosselin (remember her?), who first came to notoriety with the series ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’. Now divorced from Jon, Kate has also appeared on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’.
Someone on the admin team of the late comedian’s Facebook may want to check the scheduled posts.
On Friday (September 19th) fans of Joan Rivers were left puzzled after the late comedian appeared to post an endorsement for Apple’s new iPhone 6 on her Facebook page.
Accompanied by a picture of an iPhone 4, the post read, "This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one). I got this one in 2010 and after 4 years, my only complaint is that apps are now designed for bigger screens, and the battery is getting tired. Never had a case for it, since it was most beautiful on its own. Great achievement in design. Great product. #apple #iphone #tech.”
Continue reading: Joan Rivers Endorses IPhone 6 On Facebook, Two Weeks After Her Death
The late comedian's daughter, Melissa, revealed that President Obama had sent her a handwritten letter of condolence after her mother's death
When the late, great comedy giant Joan Rivers passed away on September, 4, the outpouring of emotion from fans, famous and unknown alike, highlighted just how loved the 81-year-old was. And it seems that those fans spread far wider than anyone may ever have realised as Melissa Rivers, Joan’s daughter, recently revealed she had received a letter from President Obama when she made an appearance on special Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan.
President Obama and the First Lady were often the butt of Joan River jokes
Melissa’s attendance on the show was the first time she’s spoken publicly on television since her mother’s passing. The 46-year-old sat surrounded by her mother’s Fashion Police co-stars, Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos, on Thursday night and talked about the influence Joan had on people that she had never expected.
Continue reading: President Obama Revealed As A Huge Joan Rivers Fan
An unlicensed physician allegedly performed a biopsy on Rivers' throat and took a selfie photo in the procedure room beforehand.
The inquest into the death of legendary comedienne Joan Rivers has uncovered the suspicion of improper procedures and unethical behaviour. It has been alleged that the hospital in which she was taken ill a week before her death allowed an unlicensed doctor to perform an unauthorised medical procedure on the 81-year-old star, CNN reported.
An improperly authorised medical procedure was performed on Joan Rivers, according to allegations.
Even though the doctor in question was Rivers’ personal ear-throat-nose physician, a biopsy that he performed on her vocal cords, presumably to discover the origin of the throat complaint that had led her to be there in the first place, was done so without Rivers’ prior consent.
The 81 year-old's daughter gave an update on her current status.
It has been five days since Joan Rivers was hospitalized and put on life support after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest after she stopped breathing during a minor throat procedure, and her daughter Melissa, has given an update on her current status.
Rivers still remains on life support
"On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we've received," Melissa said. "At this time she does remain on life support. I know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of kindness and I want to thank everyone for keeping us in their prayers."
The 67 year-old host showed the controversial comedienne what it is like dealing with a diva, only days after she stormed out of a CNN interview.
Joan Rivers finally got a piece of her on medicine.
David Letterman showed the comedienne what it is like dealing with a "diva."
Rivers appeared on the 'Late Show' to promote her new book 'Diary of a Mad Diva,' but during the interview the 67 year-old host suddenly stood up, took off his jacket and walked out.
Continue reading: David Letterman Jokingly Walks Out On Joan Rivers During 'Late Show'
Joan Rivers stormed off camera in a recent interview with CNN after she decided the anchor, Fredricka Whitfield, was being deliberately "negative".
We've been so shocked by Joan Rivers' increasingly outlandish antics over the past few years (and well before) that few of us were surprised when she did something as mild as storm off set in a recent interview with CNN.
Joan Rivers stormed off set last week in a segment which aired on Saturday (5th July).
The 81-year-old comedian was promoting her new autobiography Diary of a Mad Diva on the news channel when she took umbrage with presenter Fredricka Whitfield in a segment which aired on Saturday (5th July). Rivers believed Whitfield was attacking her and being deliberately "negative".
Khloe Kardashian at the NBC Upfronts on Thursday.
Kardashian and Rivers both appeared at the same event, the NBC Upfronts in Los Angeles on Thursday (May 15th). Rivers was allegedly meant to be sat next to Kardashian but was mysteriously moved at the last minute, as Us Weekly reports. Sources claims Kardashian requested 80-year-old Rivers be moved to another seat.
Did the comedienne go too far this time?
People are once again outraged at something Joan Rivers said – what else is new? The 80-year-old comedienne tried to make a joke about the lack of space in her Malibu pad – except for some reason she decided it would be appropriate to make it at the expense of Ariel Castro’s victims. According to Rivers, the three women who were held against their will for a decade and repeatedly raped and abused, “had more space” and “got to live rent-free for more than a decade”. The shock comedienne made the original inflammatory comment during her appearance on the Today show on Tuesday.
Rivers doesn't see what the big deal is.
Then on Wednesday, speaking to TMZ, she dove even deeper into the controversy. “They got to live rent free for more than a decade,” a defiant 80-year-old Rivers told TMZ on Wednesday.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's was the split nobody saw coming this week, as Kate Bush's tour sells out and Joan Rivers stuck the knife into Lena Dunham.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced this week that they were splitting up. Well, instead they described their split as a "conscious uncoupling," a phrase that drew scorn and mockery from the internet. The pair had reportedly been testing their separation for a year and finally decided to go public. In an entry on the Iron Man star's website, the couple explained that being parents to their two children was the priority for them right now.
L'Wren Scott's Will: The last will and testament of the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been made public. The former model was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment on Monday 17th March whilst her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, was on tour with the Rolling Stones. Jagger is the only named beneficiary in L'Wren's will, with her adoptive siblings explicitly denied any of her $9 million estate. Scott's sister, Jan Shane, has lashed out at the Jagger's for turning the designer's death into a "media circus" - read about what else she had to say.
Joan Rivers insults Lena Dunham at a personal level.
Joan Rivers has slammed Lena Dunham for being overweight in a new interview on The Howard Stern Show. The 80 year-old television personality heavily criticised the Girls writer and actress' stance on body image, namely that she doesn't feel the need to conform to the more Hollywood ideals of female body shape. Comedian Rivers is known for her tendency for incendiary comments but in her radio interview with Stern she drove home her distaste for Dunham's image despite the host's attempt to defend the 27 year-old star.
Joan Rivers Branded Lena Dunham "Fat" & Accused Her Of Promoting Obesity.
"Let me ask you something. Lena Dunham, who again I think is terrific, how could she wear dresses above the knee?" Rivers asked on Tuesday. "I think the thing we love about her is that she doesn't give a s**t," Stern replied, referring to Dunham's body positive philosophy. "Oh, every woman gives a s**t," Rivers retorted, adding "That's wrong. You are sending a message out saying 'It's okay. Stay fat. Get diabetes. Everybody die. Lose your fingers.'" Stern argued back: "I don't think she's sending a message to anyone other than 'I want to make you laugh.'"
This doesn't even qualify as a feud anymore.
As much as it pains us to say it because we frankly prefer to think of Jennifer Lawrence as a magical, peace-bringing unicorn, the actress’ so-called “feud” with Joan Rivers continues. It continues on Rivers’ part anyway. A month after she and Lawrence had it out over the commedienne’s show Fashion Police, which essentially consists of her scrutinizing famous people’s hair, makeup, outfits and bodies for an hour every week, Rivers has issued another scathing comment, directed at the 23-year-old actress.
Apparently there's still at least one person left, who is not a fan of Lawrence.
Apparently in response to Lawrence’s recent statements on fat shaming in the media, Rivers said for the New York Post: “I love that she's telling everyone how wrong it is to worry about retouching and body image, and meanwhile, she has been touched up more than a choir boy at the Vatican. Look at her posters.”
The actress continues to advocate for positive body image.
Jennifer Lawrence, who has advocated for body positivity throughout her career is out on a mission again. In an interview with Barbara Walters, which the Oscar winner gave as part of Walters’ Ten Most Fascinating People Of 2013, Lawrence took on her latest target – the word “fat” being used in media.
Lawrence is one of Barbara Walters' most fascinating people of 2013.
"Why is humiliating people funny? I get it, and, and I do it too, we all do it. (But) the media needs to take responsibility for the affect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool... " said Lawrence, via Hollywood.com.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lawrence On The Warpath: Stop Calling People Fat
One lesson we can all take from these celebrities: once you put it on the internet, it's out there forever.
Despite her Twitter apology, Peaches Geldof is still in hot water for tweeting the names of two mothers, whose babies were involved in abuse by disgraced rock star Ian Watkins. The daughter of Bob Geldof apologized and explained that she had assumed the names were already public knowledge, however she is still under investigation, according to the Daily Mail. The concern was that her tweets could expose the two children, who were granted lifelong anonymity by a court order, after their mothers had allowed Watkins to abuse them.
Peaches apologised profusely for the comment, but these are some tweets that may come back to haunt her.
While information on the case mostly ends here (save for the few tweets by the socialite herself), this isn’t the first time that social media has gotten the better out of a celebrity. Luckily, most of the time some Twitter TMI is only likely to provide some fodder for the gossip websites, rather than have real-world consequences. So with that in mind, let’s lighten the mood a little at take a look at some of the most embarrassing celebrity tweets.
Puppeteer, Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced a number of characters on the children's TV show 'Captain Kangaroo' died last month. The announcement was made by his close friend John Munzel on Wednesday (7 August).
Cosmo Allegretti, the puppeteer who made his name on the children's show Captain Kangaroo, died on July 26. The sad news was confirmed by his friend, attorney John Munzel, who made the announcement on Wednesday 7 August.
Bill Cosby hosted a segment of Captain Kangaroo, the show Allegretti worked on.
The puppeteer died of emphysema, at the age of 86.
Continue reading: Captain Kangaroo Puppeteer Cosmo Allegretti Dies Aged 86
The E! host was dared to appear on air in the nude by birthday girl Joan Rivers
Those of you watching E! News this week you may have been surprised to see reporter Giuliana Rancic appear on screen completely naked during Thursday (June 13) night's episode. For those of you still wondering just why she appeared on screen without any closes on, it wasn't because some divine intervention or drunken charade, but instead was part of an 'assignment' given to her by E!'s leading lady Joan Rivers.
Rivers was celebrating her 80th birthday this week and to keep the festivities going even while she was at work, the octogenarian was given full control over E! News for one week. On Thursday she decided to give the E! Fashion Police star an extra special responsibility, making her read out a segment on the news in her birthday suit. She stood alongside co-host Jason Kennedy (who didn't seem to mind her new wardrobe) and fulfilled her duties as though she was clothed, whilst Kennedy watched on (in a suit).
See Guiliana Rancic naked on television here.
Joan Rivers has lampooned Adele's weight, not for the first time, during an online chat with Huffington Post.
Joan Rivers may be nearing 80 and is probably made predominately of plastic now, but that still hasn't stopped her from regularly speaking her mind in a bid to knock people down a peg or two. Her latest victim is the Grammy-winning Brit singer Adele, who Rivers claimed during a chat with HuffPost Live needs to lay off the fatty food.
Joan Rivers has always had a sharp tongue
The 'feud' between the two started back in February when Rivers appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, during which the comedienne quipped that the singer should rename her hit record 'Rolling In The Deep' to 'Rolling In The Deep Fried Chicken.' Rivers has remained quiet over Adele since then, however the notorious comic was made to readress her comment when speaking on a HuffPost Live chat.
Continue reading: Joan Rivers Blasts Adele Over Her Weight Problems
Everyone can exhale: Kelly Osbourne is doing fine after her seizure earlier this week.
Kelly Osbourne is doing fine after her seizure on Thursday.
But her episode, which happened before a live studio audience, while Kelly was recording an episode of E!’s Fashion police, gave everyone around her quite the scare. Apparently, Kelly turned to her co-host Melissa Rivers and said: “I don’t feel good,” before falling to the ground and seizing. She was then rushed to a local hospital, where she remained for a while. According to Miss Osbourne herself, this is the first time she’s suffered a seizure, but what’s more worrying is that the doctors are still unable to tell what it was that caused the episode, according to TMZ. There have been no following seizures and friends Melissa and Joan Rivers, who went to see Kelly in the hospital, report that she’s “doing fine”.
Continue reading: Kelly Osbourne "Doing Fine" After Seizure Scare
Kelly Osbourne has been hospitalised after suddenly collapsing into a seizure on the set of her fashion diss show 'Fashion Police'.
The TV star was filming at the E! building on Wilshire Blvd in LA alongside her co-star Melissa Rivers before she suddenly stopped and told her, 'I don't feel good.' She then keeled over and started having violent convulsions before seemingly a member of the audience came up to administer first aid. It wasn't long before the star seemed to come round from the ordeal but she was still subsequently taken to an ambulance on a stretcher with a white sheet covering her body so as not to give away who she was. One person held up another sheet in an attempt to screen the commotion from view. According to TMZ who obtained pictures on the ambulance's arrival, Kelly has never before suffered any kind of seizure. Her co-star Joan Rivers told the publication that after seeing her, she seemed 'fine' and Kelly herself has Tweeted her fans to reassure them of her condition.
'Thank U all 4 UR beautiful well wishes yes I did have a seizure they are just trying to figure out why?' She wrote on her Twitter page accompanied by a photo of her heavily tattooed forearm being hooked up to a drip. Us Weekly have reported that they've been told she is 'awake, alert and in stable condition' but no other information has yet been uncovered.
Comedian Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa Rivers are introduced as honourees at the Gray Line New York event which saw them get inducted into their Ride of Fame campaign. The women hold a pair of ceremony scissors and pose for the photographers before snipping a ribbon in front of a large bus with a veil on the front.
Joan Rivers received a less than positive response for her Adele fat jokes.
Joan Rivers is really taking the heat off Seth MacFarlane following his performance at the Oscars on Sunday night (February 24, 2013), dubbed "sexiest, racist, anti-Semitic and stale," by the Los Angeles News.
Anyway, the Family Guy man can breathe a long sigh of relief after Joan Rivers went off on a cruel tirade at British star Adele during an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman this week. Of course, Rivers has made a career from her close-to-the-bone putdowns, though the self-appointed fashion critic appeared to go one step too far in New York.
Oddly, Rivers began by saying meeting Adele was one of the highlights of her Oscars night, with Letterman agreeing she was a "lovely woman." However, things began to turn ugly when the comedienne spread out her arms and puffed out her cheeks - inferring Adele was a little on the heavy side...for no apparent reason. The audience groaned in response, a few heckled, and Letterman looked irritated and annoyed. Rivers pressed on: "Oh no, she's thin. Can we just talk to each other here? What is her song, 'Rolling in the Deep?' She should add 'fried chicken." More was to come, with Rivers revealing how Adele had apparently confided in her about singing. "She was saying, 'My throat, my throat! I don't know if I can swallow!' and I said, 'Oh yeah, you can swallow."
Continue reading: Joan Rivers Angers Audience, Irritates Letterman With Adele 'Fat Jokes'
Comedienne Joan Rivers is quizzed on her feelings on a number of celebrities that have been shamed in the media recently as she gets out of her car on her arrival at LAX airport.
Spirit Day, GLAAD's annual event to combat bullying and support LGBT youth involves wearing purple in to show your support. Here at Contact Music, we believe it's a good cause, but we're an abstract, a collection of 0's and 1's hidden behind the matrix; we wear binary green. So to show our support, we've collected some of the best Spirit Day tweets to warm your soul.
Joan Rivers summoned her rangers on the micro blogging site, posting "Attention Joan Rangers! It's Spirit Day, so go purple with @glaadand stand up against bullying. See how you can helpglaad.org/spiritday". Henry Wrinkler also got involved, and posted a picture of himself sporting a purple shirt, with the caption: I'm wearing purple with @glaad for # SPIRIT DAY..NO ONE should be bullied for WHO THEY ARE!!!pic.twitter.com/AEA9poDl". Whilst it was good to see the older generation involved, the campaign is no doubt aiming to affect a younger demographic, so tweets from high profile and influential stars like JWOWW would have been a big help, as she tweeted "It's #spiritday with @MTV and were going purple! Post Ur purple pic and tag it with #spiritday pic.twitter.com/1JrTK3iN".
It's surprising how much a 140 character tweet can change things, but given the viral nature of twitter, and the sheer amount of people following their favourite celebs, they sure do make a difference.
Melissa Rivers left visibly heartbroken after discovering Jason Zimmerman's sex ads on Craigslist.
The messy details of Melissa Rivers' recent split with partner Jason Zimmerman were revealed in the latest episode of 'Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?' on Tuesday (February 21st 2012).
Comedienne Joan Rivers' daughter had been in a relationship with sporting coach Zimmerman since 2008, but she was left shaken up on discovering that he had been looking for sex elsewhere on advertisement site Craigslist. The recent instalment of the Rivers' reality show saw Melissa confronting Zimmerman, with whom she had lived with alongside her son Cooper for approximately two years, over the phone after hurling a computer from her balcony.
Standing three apples high, the tiny Smurfs live happily and peacefully in their medieval Smurfs village. However, their quiet way of life is threatened by the evil wizard Gargamel and his long-suffering, wise cracking cat Azrael. Gargamel wants to become the most powerful sorcerer in the world and to do that, he needs the Smurfs' essence.
Continue: The Smurfs Trailer
Co-written with acidic wit by Joan Rivers, the briskly paced telepic stars Stockard Channing as Miriam Knight, an overweight, frumpy, oh, alright, I'll say it... butt ugly college co-ed who schlumps around the campus hiding behind frizzy hair and baggy clothes. Everyone treats Miriam like dirt. The jocks tease her, the pretty girls avoid her, and the professors ignore her. Amazingly enough, Miriam is engaged, but even her plumber fiancé Harold (Warren Berlinger) mistreats her.
Continue reading: The Girl Most Likely To... Review
Joan Rivers, a well-known comedienne and plastic surgery enthusiast, has slammed Robert Redford for his "obvious" cosmetic work.
Plastic surgery can be a bit of a dodgy subject in the celebrity world. Some like to indulge in staving off the steady effects of time. Others think that it is probably best to avoid having surgeons remodelling their face. Others still, have been so well acquainted with the idea of face-lifts, they feel the need to comment on the work done on colleagues, as is the case here, with long-time plastic surgery aficionado Joan Rivers has spoken out against Robert Redford's recent facial work.
Joan Rivers has been a plastic surgery enthusiast for years.
Comedienne Joan Rivers has seen Redford as a victim of a specifically bad face-lift, saying that the "obvious" cosmetic work done on the 'Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid' actor was of no benefit. The 72-year-old comedienne spoke to The Scoop, explaining her thoughts on the surgery, saying: "Robert Redford had such a bad job. God, whoever did him should be ashamed - or maybe he left it too long so it's much more obvious."
Continue reading: Joan Rivers Criticises Robert Redford's Supposed Plastic Surgery
Set in an absurd, patronizing fantasy world in which flag-waving citizens line the streets to see the president's kid off to college and angry political protesters share the red-carpet sidelines at black-tie events with shallow reporters asking stupid questions, "First Daughter" could well be the most hackneyed and insipid movie of 2004.
Failing to achieve even the shrug-worth mediocrity of January's similarly plotted "Chasing Liberty" (with Mandy Moore), this gimmick-driven disaster drags star Katie Holmes down with it as Samantha Mackenzie, the sheltered, personality-free offspring of a controversial commander-in-chief (an unconvincing, completely vanilla Michael Keaton), who falls in love with a cute Secret Service agent (an even blander Marc Blucas) posing as a student in her dorm.
Although introduced in the manner of a fairytale, the film's rampant lack of authenticity is simply insurmountable. Samantha's bodyguards constantly hover three feet behind her -- even in class and while she's alone in the dorm's TV room. The girl is never once shown doing anything that even remotely resembles studying, yet as she's egged on by a soundtrack of flutes and twinkling triangles, she proclaims her determination to have a normal coed experience. In pursuit of it, she sneaks out on dates with that charming classmate she doesn't know is an undercover agent -- that is until he blows his secret identity by rescuing her during one of many security breaches so impossibly contrived that the Secret Service should sue 20th Century Fox for defamation of character.
Continue reading: First Daughter Review
Date of birth
8th June, 1933
Date of death
4th September, 2014