Unlike when Robin Williams passed away earlier this summer, most of the late-night TV world was still in the process of airing episodes yesterday following the death of Joan Rivers.
Yesterday, we brought to you one of the first tributes that was coming in via Conan O’Brien, who spoke with Chris Hardwick about their collective memories of Joan. (The “@midnight” host had a personal connection, seeing her in Las Vegas as a child, and later the two became good friends and she would go to him for advice on technology.)
Last night, many of the other hosts in late-night chimed in with some of their own thoughts, which were both at times funny and at other points sentimental. Both Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson aired small tributes, but for Fallon, we thought we would share primarily his interview with Joan from March, which was the first time she had appeared on the show since Johnny Carson banned her for starring on a rival talk show.
Meanwhile, you can see below the likes of David Letterman, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Kimmel (alongside his guest Sarah Silverman) all talk about what Joan meant to some of them. Silverman was especially touched, as she considered Joan to be an inspiration and also a longtime friend.
What was actually the most emotional moment for us right now is the tribute that Letterman’s bandleader Paul Shaffer gave to her, explaining how Joan went out of her way in order to help out his daughter after she asked him to reach out to Joan for a favor. This just shows the sort of person that she was to those who knew her.
We will have some more tributes when it comes to Rivers in the future, so be on the lookout for that. As always, our thoughts and condolences are out to all who knew her.