The "Fashion Police" family are devastated over Joan Rivers' passing. Immediately after the comedienne's death was announced on Thursday, September 4, her co-hosts Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos each released touching statements that shows just how much she was loved.
In a statement to E! News, Giuliana said that it's almost impossible to describe how much she adored Joan and how much she meant to her. Besides being the funniest woman she has ever met, Giuliana said that Joan was "incredibly loving, honest, and lived her life with no regrets." She also described Joan as "beautiful" and a "true genius." She ended her tribute by saying that she feels "so privileged" to have called Joan a friend.
Kelly similarly wrote a touching tribute. In a Facebook post, she said that she was "completely heartbroken" over the news. She made clear that Joan wasn't just a boss and co-worker, but someone she considered family. Kelly revealed that Joan took her in and loved her like a daughter. "She was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew," she wrote. She also extended her condolences to Joan's daughter, Melissa Rivers, and grandson, Cooper.
As for George, he posted a tweet that thanked Joan for changing his life. He also wrote that he will miss her so much.
Melissa announced the passing of her mother Thursday afternoon. The decision was made to take her off life support after she went into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat procedure about a week ago. In her statement, she pointed out that her mother's greatest joy was in making people laugh and that she knows her final wish would be for people to return to laughing soon. Melissa also made sure to thank everyone for their support and the hospital staff for their care of her mother.
It was just announced two days ago that the E! network has decided to put "Fashion Police" on hold. At that time, a network spokesperson said that they "await Joan and Melissa's return in front and behind the camera." Now with Joan Rivers gone, will Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos be able to, or even want to, continue the show without her? Are their personalities big enough to carry it on?