“I want my funeral to be a big showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action. I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don’t want some rabbi rambling on.”
That, says the New York Times, is what Joan Rivers wanted at her funeral. Always brassy and often bossy, the late comic left specific directions for her own funeral service that were printed in the program ushers handed out at Rivers’ grand going-away affair on Sunday in the Big Apple.
Now it’s revealed, according to the Sydney Morning Herald among other sources, that Joan Rivers also left specific instructions on who was NOT to be invited to her funeral in Manhattan. That’s right, the sassy show biz veteran who died suddenly last week after suffering cardiac arrest reportedly “banned” three celebs from attendance.
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On the “unwelcome” list: First Lady Michelle Obama, singer Adele and talk show host Chelsea Handler. The reasons given were typical of Rivers’ unabashed candor.
In one of her final interviews, conducted just weeks before her death, she told The Sunday Times Magazine that those she wanted kept away from her funeral included Obama, who she branded “a tranny”, Adele for being “fat”, and Handler, who she dubbed “drunk” and a “whore”.
She also discussed how she knew death would soon be “inevitable” because of her advancing years and revealed she had been trying to help her daughter Melissa to come to terms with her mother’s mortality.
The comedian known for her lack of self-censoring recently officiated a same-sex wedding and was asked by a photographer if she believed the United States would ever see the first gay or female president. Her response was typical Rivers.
“We already have it with Obama, so let’s just calm down,” she said. “You know Michelle (Obama) is a trans.”
When asked to further explain Rivers said, “A transgender. We all know it.”
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