Joan Rivers never recovered from what was supposed to be a routine procedure to check her throat at a New York City clinic. A new report is out accusing the clinic of making several mistakes, including failing to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide a timely intervention. The findings also include a list of issues, including a physician snapping photos of Rivers while she was sedated. Jean Casarez has more.
Last night on AC360, Susan Candiotti broke news about the death of Joan Rivers. Sources tell CNN that a staff member at the clinic told investigators that a doctor treating Rivers took a 'selfie' in the procedure room while the comedienne was under anesthesia. A source also told CNN that a doctor began performing a biopsy without Rivers' consent. Now, Susan Candiotti has new information on the that clinic, and questions about whether it should be open today.
It started as a routine medical procedure, but days later the country was mourning the death of Joan Rivers. Susan Candiotti reports on what was allegedly happening inside the out-patient clinic when Rivers was getting what should have been a routine procedure.
Anderson digs deeper into these shocking allegations with Arthur Caplan, who is the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center and Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
A transit station in London posted this snarky tribute to Joan Rivers:
Well played, Transport for London pic.twitter.com/HuUlgLtOpZ
— Claire (@byronhamburgers) September 5, 2014
It's a good bet that sign would have made her laugh. Joan made no secret of her many plastic surgeries. While she often joked about it, she also admitted the procedures terrified her. Gary Tuchman takes a look back.
Joan Rivers is a comedy legend and known for having one of the quickest wits in the business. So what is it like to write for her? Tony Tripoli is not only the head writer for "Fashion Police," but he was also close friends with Joan. He described her as a demon onstage and a stereotypical Jewish grandmother when she was offstage.
Joan Rivers always said what was on her mind. She had no filters and she pulled no punches, even when she made herself the butt of the jokes. AC360 looks back at Joan's iconic TV moments.
We also assembled some of Joan Rivers' jokes that are keeping us laughing tonight.
When it came to Joan Rivers' comedy, no one was safe. And she was far from reserved. Recently she shared fond memories on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live." Host Andy Cohen spoke to Anderson and described Joan as "an underdog from the beginning."
Joan Rivers always called Johnny Carson her mentor, who made her a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show." When Joan was tapped to become the first woman to host a late night talk show, the two comedy legends became rivals. Gary Tuchman looks back at their complicated relationship.
"Everything Joan did, she created herself," Kathy Griffin told Anderson as she shared memories of how Joan Rivers blazed a trail for her and other women in comedy. Kathy talked about one of their private moments recalling Joan's advice:
"When you are a woman in this business, you have to hold on until your knuckles are white and they chop your fingers off. Then you hold on by your wrist, then you hold on by your elbows and you never let go."
Anderson continued the conversation, talking with Kathy about Joan's public persona and the person she knew when the cameras were off.
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