On Thursday night, as news of Joan Rivers passing broke, a number of late-night hosts took some time to out of their shows to remember the legendary comedian.
Jimmy Kimmel opened up his monologue by calling her ‘a pioneer for women in comedy’ before showing a clip from her last appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
On The Late Show, David Letterman admired Rivers’ tenacity. “Talk about guts,” said Letterman. “She would come out here and sit in this chair and say things that were unbelievable… but they were hilarious.”
Probably the most touching, however, was Jimmy Fallon’s tribute. Rivers had a notoriously rocky history with The Tonight Show after a 1986 falling-out with Johnny Carson led to her being banned from the network for 28 years. But when Fallon invited her back when he became host, Rivers made a memorable, outrageous return:
Fallon recalled a gag during his first taping of the tonight show, where he had a number of celebrities who bet that he’d never get the gig come onstage and pay up—and Rivers broke character, giving him a hug. After an emotional moment, Fallon told the audience to go home and watch Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.