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Howard Stern Got Advice From Louis C.K. For Joan Rivers’ Eulogy

The ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge didn’t think he was the right guy for the job.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: September 9th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Howard Stern Got Advice From Louis C.K. For Joan Rivers’ Eulogy

Joan Rivers’ funeral on Sunday was a star-studded affair, just the way Joan would’ve wanted it. One of the celebrities in attendance was ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge and long-time friend, Howard Stern, who delivered the legendary comedienne’s eulogy. While mourners were deeply moved by Stern’s words, he didn’t believe he was the right guy for the job.

On his SiriusXM show on Monday, Stern explained how challenging it was for his to write the eulogy, having to seek advice from fellow comedian, Louis C.K.

"To be at her funeral yesterday was really probably the most remarkable service I have ever been witnessed to... I got there early because I had gotten a call from (Joan's daughter) Melissa like a day and a half before the service, asking me if I would speak. I said to her, 'Melissa you're asking the wrong guy.' "But I said. 'I'll do it I will do anything for Joan, I'll do anything for you," Stern began.

"I was in touch with Louis C.K. and he'd written me and he said, 'You know, Joan really deserves a great sendoff because of her impact.' "He said something very profound: 'Joan was like an aunt or a best friend who could make everything better. And even in times... after lets just say 9/11 or the country just seems to be going downhill or things just seem to be bad... she would crack a joke, and you know this is true, when she would crack a joke, you didn't feel so alone. You felt like we were all together and you felt like oh maybe things aren't so bad.'"

"Louis said probably the loneliness and the unhappiness of life - what else could ease that despair than a great comedian? That's what great comedians do. Great comedians have the ability to snap you out of this sadness, this loneliness...to set it all right again and she was really really a top pro," he continued.

Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81 after suffering from cardiac arrest and respiratory failure during a routine throat procedure in New York City.

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