Joan and Melissa Rivers
Posted 22 June 2004 - 11:14 AM
OFF THE RED CARPET: Joan Rivers leaving her spot on E!'s red-carpet coverage team to take a new position with the TV Guide Channel. An E! spokesperson calls Rivers' walk an amicable decision.
Wow, they make it sound like Melissa Rivers will be doing E! Fashion coverage by herself!!
Posted 22 June 2004 - 11:47 AM
Joan and Melissa Rivers to Exit E!
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
By Lisa Bernhard
NEW YORK — Call them Red Carpet Baggers.
Folks at the TV Guide Channel are about to steal Joan and Melissa Rivers away from E!, the mother-daughter duo’s home for the past eight years. The deal, expected to be signed this afternoon, gives the twosome a combined salary of $6 – 8 million for three years – or, roughly more than $1 million each annually.
Posted 22 June 2004 - 12:56 PM
Posted 22 June 2004 - 01:07 PM
Posted 23 June 2004 - 04:24 AM
Posted 23 June 2004 - 08:03 AM
Posted 23 June 2004 - 08:22 AM
CAN WE TALK?
Tag-team red carpeteers Joan and Melissa Rivers are bolting E! for a more lucrative deal at the TV Guide Channel. I can't be sure, but I think this means I can't make fun of them anymore.
Posted 23 June 2004 - 11:21 AM
(Wednesday, June 23 10:07 AM)
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - E! Entertainment TV may be on the verge of losing two of its most recognizable surgically altered faces. According to media reports, Joan Rivers and doting daughter Melissa may be on the verge of ditching E! in favor of a vastly more lucrative deal with the TV Guide Channel.
Rivers has reportedly been offered between $6 million and $8 million in a three-year deal that would easily exceed the value of her current E! pact. Rivers' departure would forever alter E!'s handling of awards show coverage and put a damper on Rivers' trademark programs like "Fashion Police."
Long a respected comic and "Tonight Show" guest host, the 71-year-old Rivers has become best known for her catty and disturbingly candid comments about even the most marginal celebrities on every red carpet imaginable. Rivers has even been kind enough to invite her daughter along for the ride.
This year, more than 3.54 million viewers watched E!'s pre-show coverage of the Oscars in large part to see Rivers' reactions to the celebrity attire as well as to catch her myriad factual errors. The cable network's various Rivers-centric programs are among its most successful offerings.
The Rivers Duo would instantly become the highest profile on-air talent for the TV Guide Channel, which has a circulation of 75 million homes, short of the 84 million cable and satellite homes that receive E!
As of Wednesday (June 23), negotiations between TV Guide Channel and Rivers were close, but the move is yet to be made official.
Betcha E! is pissed.
Posted 23 June 2004 - 06:43 PM
Posted 24 June 2004 - 05:07 AM
I agree. I heard she dissed so many celebs that they literally sidestepped her on the red carpet. She complained about this at the Academy Awards and said it was because the BBC gave out MMs and that is why celebs were not talking to her as much. I would side-step the viper too.
Iwon't miss Joan on the red carpet. She really is not funny and asks dumb questions. She needs to retire along with Larry King.
Posted 25 June 2004 - 09:15 AM
Posted 29 June 2004 - 08:38 AM
Melissa Rivers at the "The Vagina Monologues" Special Charity Production.
Posted 30 June 2004 - 10:40 AM
by Joal Ryan
Jun 30, 2004, 10:15 AM PT
Joan and Melissa Rivers , who kept watch over the red carpet for E! Entertainment Television for nearly a decade, have parted ways with the network, it was announced Wednesday.
The quip queen and her daughter/cohost are bound for the TV Guide Channel.
Melissa Rivers made her final E! appearance Monday during a tearful "Fashion Police" segment for E! News Live. Joan Rivers' final appearance came post-Oscars in March.
E! termed the Riverses' joint decision to leave as amicable.
"We will miss their humor and spirited outlook on the worlds of entertainment and fashion, and wish them all the best of luck and success in their new endeavors," Mark Sonnenberg, executive vice president of entertainment for E! Networks, said in a statement. (E! Online is a division of E! Networks.)
No immediate word on who will replace the tandem for E!
Although terms of the Riverses' new pact with the TV Guide Channel were not disclosed, various published reports put the value between $6 million and $8 million over three years.
"No one can match their incisive commentary, biting humor and inside knowledge of Hollywood," Ian Aaron, president of the TV Guide Television Group, said of Rivers and her daughter.
Currently, the TV Guide Channel offers a mixed of canned celebrity interviews, canned event coverage and scrolling TV listings. In nabbing Team Rivers, it appears committed to duplicating the sort of work that they pioneered on E!
In a statement, Joan Rivers said the prospect of building "another beginning" appealed to her.
"I helped launched the Fox network, joined E! early on and was able to work with my daughter, Melissa, and now, the two of us have joined forces, once again, to help propel TV Guide Channel to a new level," Rivers said. "It couldn't be better."
Joan and Melissa Rivers debuted on E! in 1996, back when there was no such thing as a awards-show "pre-show." Sonnenberg praised the duo for "playing a key role in developing E!'s Live from the Red Carpet into one of the most recognizable and popular television franchises in the world today."
For E!, the two camped out the major award events, armed with questions and wisecracks. Celebrities weren't safe after the red carpets were rolled away. Joan and Melissa hosted Fashion Police specials for E!, dishing on the best and worst designer duds they witnessed from the front lines.
Joan Rivers, 71, came to E! after salvaging her career from the wreckage of the late 1980s, following the cancellation of her much-hyped Fox talk show, the suicide of her husband/manager, Edgar Rosenberg, and her exile from the late-night TV scene.
Rivers, once the permanent guest host on the Johnny Carson-era Tonight Show, moved on to game shows (occupying center square in the 1980s version of Hollywood Squares), Broadway (Neil Simon's Broadway Bound), daytime TV (hosting an Emmy-winning 1989-93 talk show), and fashion- and jewelry-designing, before taking her act to E!
Prior to sharing red-carpet space on E!, Joan and Melissa Rivers costarred together in the 1994 TV movie, Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story, about their estrangement following Rosenberg's death.
Posted 22 July 2004 - 10:23 AM
(Thursday, July 22 10:25 AM)
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) This is one of those moments that makes you wonder if it's even worth living until September at all. Joan and Melissa Rivers will, reportedly, be missing this year's Emmy Red Carpet.
Earlier this summer, Team Rivers bolted from its longtime residence on E! to shinier and more lucrative digs on the TV Guide Channel. The move was fueled by the fact that TV Guide Channel, eager to provide viewers with more original content, offered to pay Joan and Melissa Rivers $6 million over the next three years.
The problem is that fans of both Rivers women love their catty red carpet commentary and E! has an exclusive deal with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to make it the only cable venue on the carpet. The deal carries through 2005, which means that viewers may have to handle two consecutive Emmy Awards without the immediate gratification of being advised as to which celebrities looked the best.
According to The LA Times, which is mourning this development, TV Guide knew about E!'s contract, but hoped to find a way around it somehow.
"We find it puzzling that the academy would strike a deal that limits the promotion of their flagship event and deprives fans of Joan and Melissa, the two personalities that personify the red carpet and that viewers tune in to see," says TV Guide spokesperson Chris Levesque.
As of now, TV Guide has no plans to cover the Emmys, which will air on ABC on Sept. 19, this year.
Posted 06 August 2004 - 09:00 AM
(Friday, August 06 08:34 AM)
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) You may not be seeing Joan Rivers on the Red Carpet at the Emmys this year, but those craving more of the perpetually redecorated comic can turn to the most unlikely of cable sources. Rivers has joined Court TV's "Hollywood Heat."
The "Spaceballs" co-star made her first appearance on the A.J. Hammer-hosted celebrity newsmagazine on Thursday (Aug. 5) night.
Rivers will contribute a segment titled "Joan Rivers -- The Dismissed Juror," taking to the streets to poll common folks about their feelings on the various celebrity trials of the moment. Perhaps she can also critique the way average people dress and insult them. That would be hilarious.
Early this summer, Rivers packed up daughter Melissa and fled E! for the more lucrative climate of the TV Guide Channel. However, that decision will prevent viewers at home from finding out Rivers' thoughts on the Emmy Red Carpet fashions. E! has an exclusive deal as the only cable network allowed on the carpet, meaning that Rivers could be trapped watching the dresses and tuxes on television like the rest of us.
"Hollywood Heat" airs at 11:30 p.m. ET on Thursdays.
Posted 09 August 2004 - 10:11 AM
Posted 29 October 2004 - 01:09 PM
Did Melissa Rivers get punched in the pucker, or just pay a visit to one of mommy Joan's plastic surgeons? Maybe we'll see Melissa on a upcoming Nip/Tuck episode about inherited low self-esteem. Whatever those huge swollen lips say, her terminally trendy getup at the Hollywood National Foster Care fundraiser--stovepipe jeans, slouchy witch hat and a Total Poser tee--is clearly a cry for help.
Hum... now that she's no longer with E!, she's a fashion victim....
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