Melissa Rivers Reads President Obama’s Letter of Condolences for Joan Rivers Death During Special E! Appearance (Video)

Watch five clips from E!’s special television event honoring the late comedy legend

President Barack Obama reached out to Joan Rivers‘ daughter, Melissa, after the comedy legend passed away earlier this month.

Melissa revealed the kind gesture from the White House during a preview of 90-minute E! special “Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan,” which will be Melissa’s first television appearance since her mother died on Sept. 4.

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“I received a letter from the White House from President Obama, someone who was often a target of her jokes, as was Mrs. Obama,” Melissa said in the clip (above). “I received a handwritten note saying, ‘Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think.’ And I think that’s one of the things people now are realizing. It wasn’t just the funny, she made us think.”

The special will air Friday at 8 p.m. ET after a marathon of “Fashion Police,” the bulk of the television network’s “Joan Day” celebration.

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Melissa will appear on the broadcast with “Fashion Police” co-hosts Kelly OsbourneGiuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos.

Here are four more clips from the special: