Melissa Rivers feels “hurt” by the fact the producers of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have not reached out to her about the show.
The Amazon Prime Video series is based in part on the career of her late comedian mother, Joan Rivers, and Melissa told Dax Holt and Adam Glyn on their podcast, Hollywood Raw, she’s yet to watch the show as the team behind it failed to contact her regarding the subject mtter.
“I’ve never watched the show, and there’s a particular reason… I know it’s based on my mom and Phyllis Diller, a lot of these different women,” she said. “It was still so soon after my mom’s death and so raw to me. I would have loved more than anything an e-mail just saying, ‘Hey, your mum was one of the inspirations for this. We hope you love watching the show’. ”
However, Melissa said she “never heard a single word from anyone” involved in making the series and added: “I guess ‘hurtful’ is the word – that they never even just said (anything).”
Despite being snubbed by the team, Melissa sent actress Jane Lynch flowers and a thank you note when she won an Emmy for her role in the show, with her explaining it was “because she actually acknowledged my mom.”
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel premiered in 2017 – three years after the comedian died of brain damage at the age of 81 due to a lack of oxygen when she stopped breathing during a minor throat procedure.