Giuliana Rancic is opening up about her late friend Joan Rivers in a new interview, and weighing in on the future of their popular E! show Fashion Police.
“It was the shock of a lifetime, it really was,” the 40-year-old host said of her longtime colleague. “I had just seen Joan 48 hours before her procedure.”
“We were taping the Emmy Fashion Police show,” Rancic added, “and she was honestly better than ever and she even looked better than ever at 81.”
Joan Rivers died earlier this month, one week after she stopped breathing while undergoing an outpatient procedure on her vocal cords on August 28.
Rancic recalled complimenting the trailblazing, sharp-tongued comedienne just before her surgery, noting that Joan Rivers didn’t take flattery well.
“She wasn’t one to ever take a compliment, but she didn’t say ‘Stop it’ that day … she just kind of smiled and said, ‘Thank you,'” Rancic explained.
“I’ll never forget that, that moment,” she said, given the events that followed. “When this all happened, that was one of the first things I thought about.”
“I just remember thinking, ‘I’m just so happy we told her that day once again how much we love her and how beautiful she is, both inside and out.'”
Rancic and Rivers had worked on Fashion Police with fellow co-hosts Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos since 2009. Will the show go on?
This week, yes. Rancic and Melissa Rivers will next pay tribute to the legendary comedienne this Friday with the special Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan.
“Melissa was Joan’s world. I’ve been friends with Melissa a really long time and just trying to help her out,” Rancic said, adding that beyond this week is unclear.
“They are looking at different scenarios,” Rancic said.
A lot of that will be up to [Melissa] and what she wants to do, along with E! There is no word now — they are seeing what Fashion Police looks like without Joan.”
“A part of me is like, Joan would want Melissa and us and the team to go on and I know she would, but it’s just a matter of can there be a show without her?”
“[Is there] a Fashion Police without Joan? I don’t know.”
One entirely unrelated thing Giuliana is more clear on? The Ariana Grande diva rumors, which have run wild online, but she says are the real deal.
R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014). She will never be forgotten.
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