Comedian Joan Rivers reportedly “banned” three well-known figures from her funeral, including one person from the White House, in what was possibly her final joke.
The first person on Rivers’ list of unwelcome guests was First Lady Michelle Obama. In the past, Rivers has referred to Mrs. Obama as a “tranny” and “Blackie O” instead of “Jackie O."
Comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler was also included in the list, who Rivers simply called a “drunk." In addition, the pop singer Adele was banned from Rivers’ funeral for being “fat”.
Rivers apparently made a list of her unwelcome guests in an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine just weeks before she died.
In the same interview, Rivers spoke about helping her daughter come to terms with her eventual death.
“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 said. “It’s no longer an abstract thing. It’s like, God, I’m in my eighties.”
Rivers added that no one would be surprised to hear she had died in her eighties. Instead, the funeral-goers would recall her long life.
“They’re going to say, ‘She had a great ride,’” Rivers said.
The comedian died on Thursday at the age of 81, after suffering cardiac arrest during routine throat procedure. Rivers’ funeral was held on Sunday and attended by stars like Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Osbourne and Sarah Jessica Parker.