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Hollywood Remembers Joan Rivers

“There are no words,” Whoopi Goldberg tweeted. “Bon Voyage Joan.”

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When news broke that Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81, the comedy world came out en masse to mourn the trailblazer.

My heart is torn in half. She wasn't done. #Joan http://t.co/XH87wAT4Mb

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman)

RIP GODDESS: Hail Hail, a GENIUS has vacated this realm: Joan Rivers has died.

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne)

we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel)

So funny and irrepressible. Rest in peace, Joan Rivers.

— bob saget (@bobsaget)

@Joan_Rivers Godspeed my sweet. Thanks for all the laughs. Thanks for all the love. I miss you already.

— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch)

RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais)

Joan Rivers. :( If you are young and only know her from Fashion Police, watch the doc "A Piece of Work" to see what a true pioneer she was!

— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch)

Goddamn it. Prayers for Mel, family & friends. http://t.co/Nez1KnR0to

— Retta (@unfoRETTAble)

We will miss you @Joan_Rivers. What you did in your life was absolutely remarkable. Your rep for kindness to everyone was completely true

— Joel McHale (@joelmchale)

RIP Joan Rivers. A force of nature.

— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers)

Proving just how many people her life and career had inspired, Joan was also mourned by Hollywood at large.

And in addition to being a trailblazer the great Joan always smelled good.Thanks for taking my challenge. I still owe you one. RIP x,sj

— Sarah Jessica Parker (@SJP)

Joan Rivers has died. What a sad ending to a brilliant and tragi-comic life; one of the bravest, and funniest of all.

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler)

I told Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

RIP Joan Rivers. Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed.

— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47)

There wasn't a single topic that made Joan Rivers nervous. She joked about abortion before anybody. #GutsyBroad

— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton)

I love you with all my heart @Joan_Rivers my life will never be the same with out you! https://t.co/0kn2FFZDF9

— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne)

Goodbye my friend Joan Rivers. You were a huge part of my professional life and you brightened up the horizon with your Chutzpah! Sad!

— Boy George (@BoyGeorge)

RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR. Thanks for making so many people laugh here on Earth.

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato)

I am so sad. May I live my life as full as #JoanRivers did. Today is a sad day, but I will try and laugh to honor her #CanWeTalk #RIPJoan

— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG)

Heaven just got a whole lot funnier. #RIPJoan

— Andy Cohen (@Andy)

RIP Joan Rivers. You made us laugh and happy.

— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth)

She was HILARIOUS She was FUN She was a HARD WORKER & She didn't bite her TONGUE! You will be missed RIP Joan Rivers!

— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson)

Thanks for the laughs @Joan_Rivers ! The last woman to bed me!

— Lance Bass (@LanceBass)

Moi is deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and legend, Joan Rivers. We were always two of a kind. I will miss her.

— Miss Piggy (@RealMissPiggy)

Amy Poehler, who is not on Twitter, released a statement.


“What a full life. Every woman in comedy is indebted to her. She was there at the beginning and funny to the end. RIP Joan.”

As did Louis C.K.


“I feel very lucky that I knew Joan Rivers and I feel very sad that she’s gone. She was a great comedian and a wonderful person. I never saw someone attack a stage with so much energy. She was a controlled lightning bolt. She was a prolific and unpredictable, joyful joke writer. She loved comedy. She loved the audience. She was a great actress and should have done that more. She loved living and working. She was kind. She was real. She was brave. She was funny and you just wanted to be around her. I looked up to her. I learned from her. I loved her. I liked her. And I already miss her very much. It really fucking sucks that she had to die all of a sudden.”

And David Letterman.


“Here’s a woman, a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy. And talk about guts — she would come out here and sit in this chair and say some things that were unbelievable, just where you would have to swallow pretty hard … but it was hilarious … the force of her comedy was overpowering.”

But, perhaps, no one put it better than Samuel L. Jackson.

Love Her or Hate Her, we're gonna Miss JOAN RIVERS! I always Respected her go for broke humor. One of a kind.R.I.P.

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson)

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