Never one to shy away from opinions, Larchmont native Joan Rivers dishes them out weekly on E! network's "Fashion Police." So when Newsday Westchester asked the legendary comedian to weigh in on eight other celebrities with Hudson Valley connections, she didn't hesitate. Here's what she had to say. -Compiled by Chris Serico
Long before she won "Celebrity Apprentice" or was on "The Fashion Police," Joan Rivers, whose birth name is Joan Molinsky, was living in Larchmont with her family. The comedian, who continues to tour and perform stand-up, provided her take on Jimmy Fallon, Donald Trump and other celebrities with Hudson Valley ties in advance of a local show.
Jay Leno, New Rochelle native: "[Snoring noise.] Z-z-z-z. Stupid and lucky and a sour sport. He's making jokes about NBC? They made you rich, you second-rate talent. A second-rater who got lucky."
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Howard Stern, former Westchester resident: "The best, the brightest, the smartest, the dearest."
David Letterman, North Salem resident: "[I admire] the longevity and the intelligence."
Donald Trump, graduated from New York Military Academy in Cornwall: "Smart. And don't ever underestimate Donald Trump. I think probably the best lobbier on the entire earth since [P.T.] Barnum of Barnum and Bailey [circus]. A brilliant marketer."
Rosie O'Donnell, Nyack resident: "Smart. She tells you what she thinks, and you know where you stand with her. And I love that."
Nick Kroll, Rye native: "Oh! The next biggie. Because he's done it all. He's smart, he's funny and he's honest. There's something very charming about him. I took one look at [his first appearance] on ['Late Night with] Jimmy Fallon' and I said, 'That’s it.' I sent him a note after he did my [web] show, 'In Bed with Joan,' and I said, 'Don’t get arrogant. Don't get full of yourself. Stay humble, because you're going to be huge.'"
Tom Cotter, Stony Point resident: "I think he’s extraordinarily talented."
So what's next for Rivers? She'll continue with her new Web series, "In Bed with Joan Rivers," and push forward with her televised reality series, "Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best." And of course, there will be more comedy. "Life is beyond sad," Rivers said. "So many things happen, and you just have to pick yourself up again, and pick yourself up again, and pick yourself up again. And if you don’t laugh about it, then I don’t know how anyone gets through it."