The late actress and comedienne, who passed away in September, was surprisingly left out of Sunday evening's 'In Memoriam' Oscars tribute.
On Sunday evening (Feb 22nd), the Academy Awards showcased the achievements of the biggest movie stars in the world from this past year, as well as paying respects to the A-Listers and filmmakers who have sadly died over the last twelve months during the 'In Memoriam' Oscars tribute.
Melissa has addressed her mom Joan's exclusion from the 'In Memoriam' Oscar tribue
However, the Academy was once again on the receiving end of a harsh backlash after the late comedienne and actress Joan Rivers, who has interviewed countless stars at the Oscars over the years, was surprisingly left out of the annual segment.
On Monday (Feb 23th) Melissa Rivers, the iconic comedienne's daughter, has finally spoken out on her mother's controversial exclusion, but in a very classy manner she decided to not hold an resentment towards the Academy.
"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," she wrote in a post on her mother's Facebook page.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have also explained their decision to leave Rivers out of the 'In Memoriam' tribute via a statement released Monday. "Joan Rivers 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," the statement read. "She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com."
On August 28th, 2014, Rivers was hospitalized for going into cardiac and respiratory arrest after stopping breathing during a minor throat procedure at the clinic. Nearly a week after being placed into a medically induced coma, her grieving family decided to take her off a life support machine on September 4th, she passed away shortly after, aged 81.