Not everyone can garner respect and admiration from the discerning Tabatha Coffey. The late Joan Rivers, however, was one of those special and few people who could. On Thursday's episode of The Daily Dish podcast, Tabatha remembered getting to know Joan and her favorite interview with the comic genius and style icon.
"I had met her several times," Tabatha recalled. "And I was lucky enough to do Fashion Police a couple of times, and I did In Bed with Joan, which is my favorite interview I've ever done. Hands down. It's just my favorite."
Tabatha sang Joan's praises and spoke to the star's kindness and thoughtfulness. "She was so kind. Just so ridiculously kind, and such a professional and so open to sharing and not a diva whatsoever." She recalled that after filming In Bed, Joan tried to send her off with food for the long drive back to the hotel. "After the interview, she took me into her kitchen and wanted to pack me muffins for the drive back to the hotel because it was going to be a long drive and I'd sit in traffic and I needed something to eat."
When she heard of Joan's death, the Relative Success star took the news hard. "I was devastated. I cried for days." She was surprised by her own reaction, as she is usually very composed. "It was weird because I felt so emotional and I don't get overly emotional about some things. And it really just hit me and I was just super devastated."
After Joan's death, Tabatha had been approached to record a tribute video. "I kept crying through it. I couldn't even do it." Tabatha, who was incredibly close with her own mother, felt strongly for the grief Joan's daughter Melissa Rivers must have felt. "The relationship she had with Melissa really resonated a lot with me because I was so incredibly close to my mum," she said. "I knew how Melissa felt. And it just kept breaking my heart because I'd lost my mum, and I know what that felt like."
Listen to more of Tabatha's memories of Joan and how Bravo played a part in bringing the two together in the full episode of The Daily Dish podcast above.
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