Melissa Rivers Honors Joan Rivers at 2015 Daytime Emmys [VIDEO]
Melissa Rivers paid tribute to her late mom, comedy legend Joan Rivers, at the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards in a moving and tearful speech.
Taking the stage to thunderous applause, Melissa Rivers thanked the daytime community for their incredible support and for reviving her mother's career back in the '90s.
"After some terrible lows in my mom's life, both personally and professionally, the cancelation of her late night talk show and the unimaginable loss of my dad would probably have been more than most people can bear — but not my mother," Melissa announced. "She refused to give up. And the daytime community saved her."
The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers was canceled in 1987. Just three months later, her husband, Edgar Rosenberg, committed suicide. But Joan Rivers dealt with the unrelenting grief and moved on, winning her only Emmy — for Outstanding Talk Show Host — three years later.
"With their support and encouragement, she created her daytime talk show. It ran for five years, and brought her the only Emmy she would ever win," Melissa continued, recalling her mom's win in 1990 for The Joan Rivers Show. "This strong foundation reinvigorated her career, and my mother felt loved and valued by the daytime community. And for that, I will always be grateful."
Joan Rivers died in September 2014 during a botched medical procedure on her throat. She was 81 years old.
"She went on to have 24 more fabulous years and I got to enjoy all of them with her," Melissa concluded, fighting back tears. "As her producer, her business partner, her co-star, and the best part was as her daughter."
Watch Melissa Rivers' tribute to her mom in the video above.
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