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Joan Rivers: Four reasons we still love her

Joan and Melissa Rivers

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Comedienne Joan Rivers has been a TV staple dating back to the 1960s, having appeared on everything from “The Ed Sullivan Show” to “Hollywood Squares” to “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”

Now she’s getting her own reality show with her daughter on We TV, “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?”

amNewYork looks at four reasons why we still love Joan Rivers.

Her role in ‘Spaceballs’
We know this movie is more than 20 years old, but we still love it and we love Joan’s voice-over gig as robot Dot Matrix, protector of Princess Vespa’s purity. “That was my virgin alarm. It’s programmed to go off before you do!” Heh.

She’s not afraid of Sarah Palin
I’m not here to get political, but we totally love Joan for being ballsy enough to let the world know what she thinks about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (“This woman is just stupid and a threat,” she said to TMZ last week). And when her appearance on “Fox and Friends” was canceled soon after, she went on “Joy Behar” and kept at it.

Her honesty in ‘Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work’
Rivers let the world see a different, more vulnerable side of herself in this documentary. It starts with a close-up of her plastic-surgery-enhanced face sans make-up, which is certainly something the general public has rarely seen. Not many celebrities would be so willing to reveal so much.

She’s 77 and still touring
Rivers is inching closer to 80 every day and she’s still going strong, with her new television series, the documentary “A Piece of Work,” books and national tours (she’ll be performing four sold-out shows in February at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Times Square). I’m not even half her age and I’m tired just writing that.

On TV: “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” debuts on We TV Tuesday at 9 p.m.

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