Joan Rivers' memorial service was held in New York City at Temple Emanu-El on Sunday, and it turned out to be as shocking as the late 81-year-old comedienne.
According to ABC News, Howard Stern recalled on his radio show today when Melissa Rivers, Joan's daughter, asked him to do the eulogy (video below).
"I had gotten a call from Melissa like a day and half before the service asking me if I would speak," stated Stern. "I said to her, 'Melissa, you are asking the wrong guy.' I said, 'I'll do it, I would do anything for Joan, I will do anything for you.'"
"I didn't want to say the wrong thing," added Stern. "I was in touch with Louis C.K. and he said, 'You know, Joan really deserves a great send off.' He said something very profound. He said, 'Joan was like an aunt or a best friend who could make everything better. Even in times after say 9/11 or the country just seems to be going down or things just seem to be bad, when she would crack a joke... you didn't feel so alone. It just made you feel better knowing Joan Rivers was making a joke about it.'"
It was quite an outrageous joke by Stern on Sunday, noted comedienne Margaret Cho in her blog:
In the morose silence Howard Stern said, “Joan Rivers had a dry p----.” At first, the words just hung there, as no one knew exactly what to do. Of course I started laughing hysterically, and everyone else, remembering who we were there to honor, followed suit.
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Howard Stern actually choked back tears as he continued – “Joan’s p----- was so dry it was like a sponge – so that when she got in the bathtub – whooooosh – all the water would get absorbed in there! Joan said that if Whitney Houston had as dry a p----- as Joan’s, she would still be alive today…”
It was so wrong but so right at the same time. So Joan. So great. RIP my friend.