Ryan Seacrest on Joan Rivers: "She'd Be Doing Her Shtick, Even in the Hallway"

The media personality recalls often crossing paths at E! with the comedy legend
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Joan Rivers

Ryan Seacrest shared a few words on the late Joan Rivers, who died Thursday, while on CBS This Morning on Monday.

"They taped Fashion Police every Friday at the E! building where I would do my show on a daily basis, where we broadcast my radio show, and she would be out in the hallway having an omelet before they taped the show," he said. "First thing in the morning, she'd be going a million miles per hour, and she'd be doing her shtick, even in the hallway. So when I would go out to go to the bathroom during a long song, she would say things like, 'That is such a great shirt. Do they make it in men's?' I mean, OK, Joan's in the building, working! But it was like that every time she was around. And I think that, as Melissa said, she would want us to laugh."

Seacrest explained that even he wasn't sure how to react to the comedy legend at times. "When you would interview her, you knew she had her shtick. You knew you needed to tee her up. And every time you tee'd her up, she delivered," he said. "Many times I didn't know whether I was allowed to laugh or not, because it was, the line was there and sometimes it would go across. But you really did laugh at everything she said."

Rivers' funeral was held in Manhattan on Sunday, with Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Joy Behar, Paul Shaffer, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Giuliana Rancic, Bernadette Peters and Clive Davis in attendance, among others.

Seacrest had stopped by the CBS morning show to chat about Tuesday night's Fashion Rocks special, which features a lineup of Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Miranda Lambert and more.

"Fashion is always inspired by music — I think you look back to great music and great fashion and they're connected in so many ways. The artists of great music and great fashion work together, live together, hang out together, so we're going to bring all that together tomorrow night live for this special," he said, also highlighting his newly launched suit line at Macy's. "It's the style-made-smart system. For me, it's a system that I use in my closet because I'm usually rushed, so I hang things together that go together. These numbers match up everything so you can do the accessories and the suits."

Fashion Rocks airs at 9 p.m. on CBS. Watch the interview clip below:

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