It's been almost a year -- since February's Oscars -- since Joan and Melissa Rivers have stalked stars on the red carpet. They'll be back on patrol at January's Golden Globes, but they'll be facing a new nemesis: The View cohost Star Jones Reynolds, who took the Rivers gals' place on E! at September's Emmys, and who is poised to do the same during E!'s Golden Globes coverage.
After eight years at E!, Joan and Melissa jumped ship this summer for a three-year deal at the TV Guide Channel worth a reported $8 million. But E! exercised an exclusivity clause in its contrast with the television academy that prevented the Riverses from covering stars' arrivals at the Emmys. Now, Joan tells the Associated Press, the dispute with the academy has been resolved, and she and her daughter are ready for the next several months worth of awards shows. ''It's been a mess, it's been a very messy couple of months,'' Joan said. ''I think they have their acts together. I just want to get back to work.''
But the Riverses will have to make room for Jones Reynolds. Though her Emmy gig was billed at the time as a stopgap measure until E! could find a permanent replacement for the Riverses, the channel has invited the newlywed daytime host back to anchor its Jan. 16 coverage of the Globes arrivals. ''I have watched [the show] for years as a fan,'' she said in a statement Tuesday. ''To be able to participate in all the fun and excitement now as the host is a dream come true.''
Of course, those dreading this battle the most may be the celebrity honorees, especially those eager not to be seen as fashion victims. Now they'll have to walk a gauntlet that includes both Joan Rivers and Jones Reynolds.