Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos express their grief over losing their friend and colleague
Joan Rivers‘ death on Thursday leaves E!’s popular style show, “Fashion Police,” without its grande dame of twelve years.
The comedienne was placed on life support after she stopped breathing during throat surgery last week in New York. News arrived on Thursday via her daughter, Melissa, that she had died at the age of 81.
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Rancic remembered Rivers as a “truly beautiful person” and “true genius.”
“It is almost impossible to describe how much I adored Joan and how much she has meant to me,” the host told E! Online in a statement.
“She was not only the funniest woman I have ever met but was incredibly loving, honest, and lived her life with no regrets,” she continued. “Working with her for the last 13 years has been one of the true joys of my life. She could put a smile on your face, instantly, no matter how hard your day was.”
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After she sent well wishes to Melissa and her son, Cooper, she continued, “My life is so much fuller and happier because I got to share it with this beautiful person, a true genius. I woke up today unable to grasp what the world will be like without her and at the same time feel so privileged to have called her my friend.”
Osbourne refers to Rivers as family, her friend and an inspiration. “I’m completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan,” Osbourne said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.
“Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew,” she said. “She was family and I will never forget her. Laughter will be difficult for a while but when I’m sad, lonely or upset all I will have to do is think of Joan and a smile will cross my face. Laughter is what she gave us and laughter is what she would want us to do in remembrance of her. Melissa and Cooper, my thoughts are with you and I love you both so much. Joan, thank you for taking me in and loving me as a daughter. I will miss you deeply and will always hear your voice in my head saying, ‘My darling get out there and be you!'”
The lone male “Fashion Police” co-host, Kotsiopoulos, took to Twitter to express his grief.
Rest in peace @Joan_Rivers. Thank you for changing my life. I will miss you so much.
— George Kotsiopoulos (@GeorgeKotsi) September 4, 2014
E! said “Fashion Police” is on hiatus for now. On Sunday, the network will air the E! News Special, “Joan Rivers: Celebrating an Icon” at 9 p.m. ET (in the “Fashion Police” timeslot).