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Melissa Rivers Claims She’s Hurt That ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Creators Never Gave Joan Rivers Credit

If you still haven’t watched the Amazon series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, then you are missing out and I feel bad for you. It’s one of the best shows streaming currently.

But not everyone loves the series. Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa Rivers, is speaking out against the show, because she believes the main character is based off her mother.

Melissa made a special appearance on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast on Thursday, and she talked about how she feels slighted by the show.

I wish I had gotten a note saying, ‘Your mother was one of the inspirations for this and we hope you enjoy it. Here’s a t-shirt. Here’s a link to the first episode, to the pilot.’ You know?

Melissa says she didn’t need ‘Mrs. Maisel’ showrunners to straight-up come out and say ‘Mrs. Maisel’ is completely her late mother but at least SOMETHING. What’s more … she says she ‘felt so violated’ because ‘one of the writers [on the show] and I had the same agent, you know, so my whole thing is, reach out.’

And to her point, there are some similarities between Joan and Rachel Brosnahan’s character. They were both born in New York to Jewish parents who were not exactly supportive of their stand-up comedy careers. They also both attended prestigious schools and have similar deliveries on stage.

That being said, the people behind the series have made it clear the character is more of a blend of several female comics from the ’50s and ’60s. They did not follow just one comic’s career.

And Melissa understands that, but still, she wishes they reached out. She did give credit to Jane Lynch, who thanked Joan Rivers while accepting her Emmy Award in 2019 for her role on the show.

Melissa says she was in tears following the shoutout and even sent Jane flowers to thank her.

Melissa does admit maybe the show feared a possible lawsuit if it came out and said Joan was the inspiration, but she’s adamant — all she ever wanted was a ‘thank you.’


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