What Joan Rivers Would Think Of The World We Live In Today

It’s been three years since we lost comedian Joan Riverswho made us simultaneously laugh and cringe on programs like “The Tonight Show,” “Fashion Police,” and other red carpet specials. 

But it’s hard not to think about what jokes Rivers would pull out of her archives in the current political and social climate we’re living in. In an interview with HuffPost on Build Series, Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers ― who recently released a scrapbook of sorts on her famous mom titled Joan Rivers Confidential ― admitted that the writer and host would probably be having a field day in 2017. 

“I think she would be absolutely thrilled about the scope of material at her fingertips,” Melissa said. “I think that’s the only sort of politically correct way to say this, like, whoa, there’s a lot to talk about. In every sector of life. For comedians right now it’s a little bit like fish in a barrel. It’s like, ‘It’s Christmas every day!’”

Melissa is pretty sure that just like late-night hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers, Joan would be itching to get in the game. 

″[The late-night shows] write themselves,” the author said. “And now we’re all so jaded. I don’t know about any of you, but I watch the news and go, ’Oh, they’re going to be doing that. This one is going to be talking about this. They’ll be doing that on “Saturday Night Live.″′ And you wait to see if you’re right.”

Joan Rivers attends Benefit Cosmetics & Joan Rivers Host The E! Fashion Police Fashion Week Wrap Party at Benefit Boutique Soho on September 12, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo: Jeff Schear via Getty Images)

Though many of us miss Joan’s over-the-top, at-times crass humor, we’ll be able to get a little slice of nostalgia when “Fashion Police” airs its final episode on Nov. 27. The E! show is ending after a lackluster few years sans Joan. 

“We have unearthed a few shows that, for different reasons, didn’t necessarily make air, whether it was because there was like a big emergency and everyone dubbed all the programming or whatever it was. So we have some never-before-seen footage ― some maybe because of the language at the time, 20 years ago. But yeah, I don’t think that’s the last of that kind of television show you’ve seen from me,” Melissa said. 

“Um, 22 years is a pretty good run,” she added, saying the end will be “very bittersweet, very sad, it’ll be a very hard day for me.”

“But, I’m so proud of it as a part of my legacy, that and the red carpets, and it’s been part of my mom’s legacy and my mom’s life.” 

Joan Rivers Confidential is out now. Watch Melissa Rivers’ full Build Series interview below.  

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American talk show host Ed Sullivan puts his arm around Joan Rivers as they chat on "The Ed Sullivan Show," New York, New York, September 11, 1966. (CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)


Joan Rivers poses for a portrait circa 1967 in New York City, New York. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)


Ed McMahon and Joan Rivers (NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)


Joan Rivers attends the premiere party for "Hello, Dolly!" on December 16, 1969 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. (Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)


Joan Rivers with daughter Melissa at home in November 1970 in New York City, New York. (I.C. Rapoport/Getty Images)


Joan Rivers with Melissa at home in November 1970. (I.C. Rapoport/Getty Images)


Producer Edgar Rosenberg and Joan Rivers during the "Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" 10th Anniversary party on September 30, 1972. (NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)


Tom Jones, center, blows out candles at a surprise birthday party at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, June 6, 1974. Guests include, from left to right, Joan Rivers, Sonny Bono, Jones, Debbie Reynolds, and Liberace. (AP Photo)


Joan Rivers on "The Tonight Show" in 1976. (Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)


Joan Rivers and Show Girls during "Best of Vegas" Awards at Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. (Ron Galella/WireImage)


Comedian Mark Russell, musical guest Tony Orlando, fitness expert Richard Simmons and Joan Rivers (Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)


Joan Rivers portrays Elizabeth Taylor during the 'Calvin Klein Jeans' skit on "Saturday Night Live" on April 9, 1983. (Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)


Joan Rivers at Elaine's Restaurant in New York City in 1984. (Ron Galella/WireImage)


Joan Rivers poses for a portrait in 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Harry Langdon/Getty Images)


Betty White during an interview with guest host Joan Rivers on "The Tonight Show" on January 27, 1986. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)


Joan Rivers and Dolly Parton during Sandy Gallin's Christmas Party in 1988 in Beverly Hills. (Ron Galella/WireImage)


Talk show host Joan Rivers is applauded by fans after winning her first Emmy as best talk show host on June 28, 1990. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)


Joan Rivers during the 9th Annual Rita Hayworth Gala Honors Edgar Bronfman Jr. at Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)


Raquel Welch and Joan Rivers attend the "Sally Marr ... and her escorts" Broadway performance on April 22, 1994 at the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York City. (Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)


Joan Rivers at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California (Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)


Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers during the 51st Annual Emmy Awards. (Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)


Joan Rivers of E! welcomes back the red carpet before the start of the 53rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shubert Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)


Joan and Melissa Rivers during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2003. (Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)


Joan Rivers performs at the Stardust Resort & Casino June 26, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers during the 78th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. (KMazur/WireImage)


Joan Rivers gestures during a photocall for her play "A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress" at the Leicester Square Theatre on September 2, 2008 in London. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)


Roastee Joan Rivers laughs at the "Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers" in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)


Joan Rivers is seen on stage at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)


Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa Rivers attend an E! Network upfront event at Gotham Hall on Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)


Joan Rivers performs on stage as part of the The Prince's Trust comedy gala "We Are Most Amused" at Royal Albert Hall on November 28, 2012 in London. (Christie Goodwin/Getty Images)


Joan Rivers attends "Howard Stern's Birthday Bash," presented by SiriusXM at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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