E! and TV Guide Co-Host
“I'm so excited about the 1000th interview. My mom's first interview on the Red Carpet with John Travolta seems like yesterday. Here's to a thousand more. And don't fear Mom, I'll be there just in case you can't remember who it is.” Melissa Rivers.
Television co-host Melissa Rivers, the daughter of comedienne Joan Rivers, is widely known as co-hosts and commentator of pre-award show programs for E! Entertainment, where she joined for nine years. Starting out her career with CBS and MTV, Rivers is currently the host of TV Guide Channel’s event programming.
Rivers was married to horse breeder John Endicott from 1998 to 2003. They have one son together.
Childhood and Family:
The only child of acerbic comedienne Joan Rivers and her manager, late British-born producer Edgar Rosenberg, Melissa Rivers was born Melissa Warburg Rosenberg on January 20, 1968 in New York, New York. Growing up in Beverly Hills, CA, Melissa attended the private John Thomas Dye School in Bel-Air and then The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks. She is a 1989 graduate of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, where she studied European History.
Following her father's 1987 suicide, Melissa took on her mother's stage surname for notoriety.
An accomplished equestrienne competing on the show circuits who has been known to jump horses over 4-1/2 foot obstacles, Melissa married horse breeder John Endicott on December 12, 1998. They have one son, Edgar Cooper Endicott (born December 1, 2000 in Santa Monica, California), who is named after Melissa's father. Melissa and John's divorce was finalized on June 19, 2003.
In her free time, Rivers participated in such charitable organizations as Suicide Survivors, Heal the Bay, Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
On the Red Carpet
Born and raised in a family working in the show business, Melissa Rivers began her career as an intern in the Los Angeles office of CBS News after graduation. She was a feature reporter for “CBS This Morning” and a regular contributor to MTV’s “Hangin’ With MTV,” an MTV spring break emcee, and, in time, a broadcast journalist of youth-oriented material.
“It was a chatty carpet last year of the nominees and since they're now presenters, this year's group should be chatty as well.” Melissa Rivers.
Rivers branched out on the pre-show red carpet, interviewing celebrities on nationally televised awards programs in the early 1990s. Meanwhile, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of FOX long-running prime time television drama series "Beverly Hills, 90210" and CBS/USA Network's crime drama series "Silk Stalkings." She also appeared in the sci-fi/comedy made-for-television movie "Men in White" (1998) and in the film "The Big Tease" (1999), a comedy directed by Kevin Allen starring Craig Ferguson. Additionally, she teamed up with her mother Joan Rivers, portraying themselves in the 1994 celebrity docudrama “Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story.”
Rivers, who has hosted various events and served as a producer for the E! Network, has hosted two of the channel’s highest-rated specials: “Oh Baby! Melissa’s Guide to Pregnancy” and “Oh Toddler! Surviving the Early Years,” which aired in January, 2002. She also continues to co-host red carpet pre-award shows, and fashion specials for the TV Guide Channel.
“I've never seen him avoid it. Jack Nicholson sometimes does the carpet for photos but generally doesn't do interviews.” Melissa Rivers.
A PETA’S new spokesperson, Rivers appeared for their highly publicized “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign that debuted in of November of 2003. That same year, she joined ABC’s much-anticipated reality series, “I’m a Celebrity! Get Me Out of Here!,” in which she won second place and donated all her winnings from the show to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In the following year, Rivers played a talk show host in Richard Brandes' vampire movie "Out for Blood" (2004), alongside Kevin Dillon, Vanessa Angel, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, and Lance Henriksen. Two years later, in 2006, she served as commentator on TV Guide's news program "The 411." She was also a regular guest on Tom Green's webcast show, “Tom Green Live.”
“Forest Whitaker is going to be a big get on the carpet. So is Eddie Murphy, who's been reticent to talk to the press.” Melissa Rivers.
Summer 2007 saw the relase of Rivers' own blog, where she comments on the latest in entertainment and fashion on the Emmys red carpet/ceremony. Most recently, in June 2008, she appeared on NBC’s show “Celebrity Family Feud” with her mother and won a competition against the Raven Symone Family Team. They won $50,000 for their charity, Guide Dogs For The Blind.