The All-star Guest List Joan Rivers Banned From Her Funeral

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Mourners depart funeral of Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, September 7, 2014. Credit: Reuters

Joan Rivers was famous for the line "can we talk?" But in an interview just before she died, she asked three people not to show up for her funeral.

The comedian, who died Thursday at 81, had given one of her last interviews to the U.K. Sunday Times Magazine.

Her funeral was attended by boldface names from every sphere, including the real-estate investor Donald Trump, the actors Matthew Broderick and Whoopi Goldberg, the TV-news reporters Geraldo Rivera, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters, the fashion designers Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors and the radio personality Howard Stern, reports say.

But in the interview with the Sunday Times, Rivers disinvited from her funeral U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, the pop singer Adele and the talk-show host Chelsea Handler.

She called Obama a "tranny," Adele "fat" and Handler "drunk," reports say.
And she spoke of being in her 80s and helping her daughter, Melissa, with the idea that she'd die at some point.

"Melissa says, 'I don't want to hear about it, I don't want to talk about it,' but I say it's coming," Rivers was quoted as saying. "It's inevitable. It's no longer an abstract thing. It's like, God, I'm in my eighties. Nobody, when I die, is going to say, 'How young?' They're going to say, 'She had a great ride.'" 

Comedian Joan Rivers, November 10, 2008.Credit: Reuters

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