Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Los Angeles Love her or hate her, at this point award shows wouldnï¿½t be the same without Joan Rivers showing off her latest cosmetic surgery, assessing the final product developed by the starsï¿½ stylists and showing her vast ignorance about the industry she is covering.
Sunday night was no different as Rivers and her daughter Melissa were positioned at opposite ends of the red carpet for 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Show as correspondents for E! Entertainment Television.
The senior Rivers got off to a rolling start when she announced that shortly Juliet Mills who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In a Drama for ï¿½The West Wingï¿½ would be joining her. As TV writers and fans were scratching their heads and double-checking their nominee ballots, Dule Hill, who is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Drama for ï¿½The West Wingï¿½ popped up next to Rivers.
Rivers has also failed to learn that she should always assume her microphone is on at all times. After chatting up ï¿½CSIï¿½sï¿½ George Eads, she asked her crew mere minutes later, ï¿½Who was the guy who was just here from ï¿½CSI?ï¿½ï¿½ For his part, Eads was exceedingly charming. Rather than answering Riversï¿½ inane query of how Eads managed to get out of Texas and make his way to LA with the obvious retort of bus, car or plane, he said he had to leave as heï¿½s running from the law.
Rivers changed the subject, unclear to whether or not he was joking.
She also gushed to ï¿½Sex and the Cityï¿½ nominee Kim Cattrall, ï¿½Iï¿½m telling you off camera that everyone thinks itï¿½s you (whoï¿½s going to win).ï¿½ Cattrall was polite but also very much aware that the camera was in fact on.
Ever blunt, Rivers asked ï¿½Saturday Night Liveï¿½sï¿½ Tina Fey, ï¿½Why are you here?ï¿½ Even though Fey told her that she was presenting an award with ï¿½Weekend Updateï¿½ co-anchor Jimmy Fallon, Rivers felt the need to ask Fallon the exact same question several minutes later, completely missing his joke about the limo driver being Nick Nolte and telling his date that she looks like ï¿½a fabulous cocktail waitress.ï¿½
While better than her mother, Melissa didnï¿½t get away totally unscathed. Greeting Jeri Ryan, she enthused that ï¿½Boston Publicï¿½ is ï¿½a big new series for Jeri Ryan.ï¿½
ï¿½Well, I was on it last year,ï¿½ the actress politely replied.