Melissa Rivers opens up on working with her late mom Joan Rivers: ‘Nothing made her happier than to upset me’

By , Audacy

Can we talk?!

Melissa Rivers and her legendary late mother Joan Rivers turned the red carpet into an industry with their coverage of celebrity fashions. The duo first began asking “Who are you wearing?” in the mid-‘90s and continued on E!’s “Fashion Police” until Joan’s passing in 2014.

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In an exclusive interview on the latest episode of Audacy’s "Podsauce," Melissa opened up about working with her beloved mother and what the groundbreaking comedian would be up to today if she were around.

"Podsauce" hosts Alesha Renee and Dax Holt asked Melissa, who recently launched the podcast “Group Text with Melissa Rivers,” if she thought her mother would have her own podcast.

“Of course she would,” the 53-year-old replied. “I'm sure I would have been sucked into it by her because nothing made her happier than to upset me.”

To elaborate on how their mother-daughter dynamic overlapped into their professional relationship, she referred to their WEtv reality series, “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” which ran for 4 seasons from 2011 to 2014.

She added: “If you watched our reality show or even watch the red carpet, I became known for rolling my eyes and going ‘are you kidding me?’”

When asked what the subject of Joan’s podcast might be, Melissa cringed knowing that regardless of the topic, she would be required to keep her outspoken mom in line.

“I don't even want to imagine it,” she said, “because I have nightmares thinking of all the cleanup I would have to do behind her and all the arguments that we would have had, like, ‘you can’t say that, mother!’”

In addition to interviewing celebrities like Gayle King and Olympian Summer Sanders on her podcast, Melissa is getting ready to release her latest book, “Lies My Mother Told Me: Tall Tales from a Short Woman.”

“It’s a satire,” Melissa shared. “A hyper-realistic version of stories my mother told. Fun and silly. There’s a kernel of truth in each one, but very over the top.”

Sounds like Joan would totally approve.

Check out more of what Melissa had to say, including a classic impersonation of her iconic mother, on the latest episode of "Podsauce".

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