Kathryn Hahn Will No Longer Be Playing Joan Rivers In “The Comeback Girl,” Because No One Obtained The Life Rights For The Project
That’s one way to dodge the question about whether a non-Jewish actress should be playing a Jewish entertainment industry icon. You simply just scrap the whole project! This may seem a little excessive, but given the circumstances, was kind of the only direction this project was headed, apparently. And it reportedly had nothing to do with the fact that Kathryn Hahn is more familiar with the 14 stations of the cross than the 15 steps of the seder. Showtime was reportedly working on a limited series called The Comeback Girl, which would follow Joan Rivers after she was fired from her late-night talk show, but they’re not working on it anymore. Because they forgot a major component of a legitimate biopic: you kind of have to clear the legal hurdles first, which they didn’t.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime is working on a limited series about 1980s-era Joan Rivers, and the woman who will ask, “Can we tawk?” is none other Kathryn Hahn. The details of this project aren’t plentiful, but THR does say that Kathryn will both serve as star and executive producer. Currently titled The Comeback Girl, the limited series will be written by Cosmo Carlson and directed by Greg Berlanti, who is also directing that Little Shop of Horrors remake. According to the official logline for The Comeback Girl, the show will take place when Joan is in her 50s and both her private life and professional life were both in a really shitty place.
Open Post: Hosted By Margaret Cho Confirming That Joan Rivers Drank Wine Out Of A Starbucks Cup During “Fashion Police”
A few years ago, the late, great Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers claimed that Joan used to drink a little morning time Chardonnay out of a coffee cup while filming E!’s Fashion Police at 7 in the morning. Margaret Cho went on the PEOPLE podcast and backed Melissa up. Margaret worked with Joan on Fashion Police and she explained that they would film at “really weird” hours in order to cover the previous evening’s award show. Like at 4:00 AM. And while the other hosts would chug coffee to wake their asses up, Ms. Joan, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 81 (her face was only 17), opted for something a little more creative; she’d empty out her giant Starbucks cup and fill it with white wine. All the better to shit on celebrity fashion with, my dear!
Pull up a chair by the fireside, it’s time for Kathy Griffin to regale us with another dramatic story from her Big Book of Famous People Feuds. She’ll just flip past the chapters titled Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Demi Lovato, Kevin Hart, and the Secret Service, all the way to the one marked Ellen DeGeneres. If there was even the slightest chance Ellen might bury the hatchet and dance with Kathy on her show, it’s definitely dropped down to 0% now.
Even though Fashion Police has survived in some form or fashion after Joan Rivers’ passing in 2014, it hasn’t really felt the same since none of the remaining cast knows how to tell a good dry pussy joke. The execs at E! must long for those days because they’ve decided to cancel the show and send it off with a farewell next month. Continue reading
Four months after Joan Rivers passed away from complications resulting from losing consciousness and going into cardiac arrest during an endoscopic procedure, her daughter Melissa Rivers lawyered up and sued the clinic where it all went down. According to the lawsuit, Melissa accused Yorkville Endoscopy and Dr. Gwen Korovin (the doctor who was working on her) of being beyond unprofessional – like taking a selfie with Joan while she was under – and slapped at them for being the kind of incompetent that caused her mother to end up in the ICU.
I know pretty much nothing about situations involving lawyers, lawsuits, money, famous people, and hospitals, so I just assumed this had the potential to get especially messy. But apparently it didn’t. TMZ says that Melissa has settled her malpractice lawsuit with Yorkville Endoscopy, and she did it fast. According to TMZ, it never even reached the deposition stage. Melissa released this statement regarding the settlement:
“In accepting this settlement, I am able to put the legal aspects of my mother’s death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation. Moving forward, my focus will be to ensure that no one ever has to go through what my mother, Cooper and I went through and I will work towards ensuring higher safety standards in out-patient surgical clinics.”
“And while you’re at it, can you make sure those tacky bitches also stop taking selfies with knocked-out people?” whispered Joan’s ghost.
It’s not known how much money Yorkville Endoscopy will be stuffing into Melissa’s pockets, but a source hinted to TMZ that it’s somewhere in the 8-figures range. I’m hoping that’s on the higher end of 8-figures, like $90 million as opposed to a measly $10 million. That way, Melissa will have enough money to fight the good fight and be the Erin Brockovitch of the outpatient medical clinic world, and still have enough left over to start a foundation for underprivileged lapdogs. You know, to cover the cost of diamond doggy collars and weekly pawdicures. All lapdogs should be able to experience a life as glamorous as Joan’s dogs did. It’s what Joan would want.