Oscars 2015: Melissa Rivers Responds to Joan Rivers' "In Memoriam" Snub
"It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season."
Melissa Rivers has spoken out on the snub of her mother, Joan Rivers, by the Academy.
The comedienne, who died in September 2014, was omitted from the Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment on Sunday, despite having been a red-carpet staple and appearing in small roles in numerous films including The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Smurfs, Shrek 2 and Spaceballs. She was also the subject of the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.
Rivers' daughter, Melissa, posted a statement on the matter to her mother's Facebook page on Monday: "It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with support and love over my mom's passing and we choose to focus on that."
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, an Oscar rep explained the decision to not include the iconic comedian. "Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year's Oscar show," reads the statement. "She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com."