Late night television hosts pay tribute to Joan Rivers with insults, jokes and memories

Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and Jon Stewart remember the groundbreaking comedian

By Prachi Gupta

Published September 5, 2014 1:32PM (EDT)

On Thursday night, late night television hosts paid tribute to Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday afternoon at 81. While acknowledging her as a pioneer for women in comedy, the comedians recalled their favorite memories with her. Some even traded insults, all in her honor:

"Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Jimmy Kimmel gave a wonderful tribute to Rivers:

And he and guest Sarah Silverman traded insults in her spirit:

"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"

"There are very few people in my business you could say who are, or were, groundbreaking talents."

"Late Night With Seth Meyers"

"I wish she were here right now, because if she were here right now, she would make a joke about how she just passed away. And she would get away with it."

"The Late Show With David Letterman"

"This woman -- talk about guts."


Conan O'Brien and Chris Hardwick reminisced about their memories of Joan Rivers, who was a friend of Hardwick:

"The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"

"I just hope that when Joan meets the man upstairs, he is wearing something she can insult."

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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