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RIP, Joan Rivers (FishbowlNY)
Comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday. TVNewser The news came from Rivers’ daughter, Melissa just before 3 p.m. ET. Rivers, who was 81, stopped breathing while undergoing outpatient surgery in New York City last Thursday. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital and put on life support. NYT The State Health Department is investigating the circumstances that led to her death, a state official said Thursday. A spokeswoman, Judy Katz, said the cause of death had not yet been determined. Deadline Hollywood During a minor endoscopic procedure last Thursday to check her vocal cords at an Upper East Side clinic, Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai, where she was put into a medically induced coma. Wednesday she was moved from intensive care to a private room at the Manhattan hospital. Mediaite Rivers got her start as a guest on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965, often filling in as host for Johnny Carson over the years. But after she took a job as a rival host on the Fox network without consulting Carson, he banned her from the Tonight Show, a situation that stayed in effect until she briefly appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s first night as host earlier this year. The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers only lasted one season, but she went on to a successful stint of reality shows later in life, including Fashion Police and Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? with her daughter. The Daily Beast In her last big interview, Rivers spoke candidly to The Daily Beast in July about Hollywood celebrities’ thin skins, contemplating suicide after her husband’s suicide, sex, dating and her own mortality.

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NPR Reporter Shows Moxie by Reporting Her Own Layoff

levine_200.jpgHere’s one example of the economic crisis going meta. Last week during the final segment of her series on how the economy is affecting Americans, entitled “American Moxie: How We Get By” NPR reporter Ketzel Levine finished off by announcing to listeners that she herself had lost her job as part of the sweeping layoffs that hit NPR earlier this month.

My name is Ketzel Levine. I’m a senior correspondent for National Public Radio — and as a direct result of the current economic crisis, I have been been laid off from my job.

I was told almost two weeks ago, but it’s only today that I’m sane enough to tell you. I’ve been spending most of my time careening around the five stages of grief — doing each of them a disservice, I might add. But I figure there’ll be time enough later to revisit each one at least a few more times.

NPR morning programming director Ellen McDonnell told the Times that the end result “was kind of eerie…The whole concept that one person in the story would lead to another, and then it would all end with her, was not something any of us anticipated.” No kidding! But what a way to go. You can listen to the entire piece here.