The “Live!” host brought on Rivers’ long-time friend and spiritual successor, Sarah Silverman, to honor the late comedian, who died on Thursday after complications from a medical procedure in New York City last week.
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That tribute, of course, consisted of lots of mean insults, including a haymaker from one ex to another.
Kimmel, of course, was not the only host to pay tribute to Rivers, a pioneer in the late night comedy world — she’s still the only woman to host her own network late night show — and beloved star who was still active and working up until the day she fell ill.
Jimmy Fallon, who ended Rivers’ ban on the “Tonight Show” after nearly 30 years when he took over the program, was as heartfelt as expected with his words.
“She’s one of the funniest people in the world ever,” he said. “She would come out and say what you were thinking but wouldn’t say it. You would stop, but she wouldn’t stop. A lot of people thought her humor was mean, but she just wanted to make everyone laugh. And she could take a joke just as easily as she could dish it out.”