Comedian Joan Rivers reportedly “banned” three well-known people from her funeral before she died, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The first person she specified as unwelcome at her funeral was First Lady Michelle Obama. Rivers had previously referred to the first lady as a “tranny.” The other two blacklisted by the late comedian were pop singer Adele and former talk show host Chelsea Handler.
Rivers apparently revealed the list of people she wanted kept away from her funeral in an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine just weeks before she died. She had nothing nice to say about any of them, calling Adele “fat” and Handler a “drunk.”
Rivers’ funeral, held on Sunday, was attended by stars like actor Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Osbourne, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
In this May 14, 2014 file photo, TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
In the same interview with Sunday Times Magazine, Rivers talked about helping her daughter come to grips with the fact that she would ultimately die.
"Melissa says, 'I don't want to hear about it, I don't want to talk about it', but I say it's coming. It's inevitable. It's no longer an abstract thing. It's like, God, I'm in my eighties,” she said. “Nobody, when I die, is going to say, 'How young?' They're going to say, 'She had a great ride.'"
Rivers passed away on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure.