Joan Rivers' Final Interview With Jess Cagle

The editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly magazines shares his last moments with Rivers.
2:18 | 09/05/14

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Transcript for Joan Rivers' Final Interview With Jess Cagle
Joining us jess Cagle from "People" and "Entertainment we weekly." The last to interview her last week. Last week the night before she went into the hospital. There was a group of gay employees at time inc. And did a "Q" and "A" and always said I don't want anybody in the front row that I know. I just want a bunch of gay people and that always put her in a good mood. She was as warm as I'd ever seen her before in a better mood than I'd ever seen her before. She was hilariously funny. Hilariously funny and seemed very healthy and very happy and it was a real privilege, first of all, to interview her but what a fantastic, you know, memory to have of her. Yes, just last week, you said and she was doing so well. Yes, and she went from the interview actually to go try out some more stand-up material down at the west bank cafe a few blocks away. Did that often here because being a new Yorker but meat us laugh and she could make us squirm, a little biting at times but was able to connect with audiences over all the years. One of the reasons is Joan was not a mean person. As you say her comedy was biting but she really considered it a compliment if she put you in her act. I am not sure that everyone would agree but she considered it a compliment and we also loved her story that we knew over the years as a survivor, we knew she didn't feel entitled to anything. She was a hard worker and as she said I talk about the things -- I say the things that people think. Uh-huh. You know, so her comedy was that of an outsider looking in. Yeah. She never -- she never pulled any punches so she could have a place at the table. Very sweet to see her relationship with her daughter Melissa and her grandson cooper. It's true. We saw it on television. We've known Joan and Melissa over the years and I believe that over the past week when you've seen this outpouring of affection for her, a lot of that has to do with knowing Melissa. We know Melissa, we feel like we are kind of part of their family whether you realized it or not and there is, you know, there's something very touching and, you know, we sort of know Melissa and have an idea of what she's going through. Hey, jess, thanks very much. Join us for a special "20/20" celebrating Joan rivers.

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