Joan Rivers and her daughter, Melissa Rivers, have been working together for years and now they’re trying to live together in WE TV’s “Joan and Melissa Rivers: Joan Knows Best?”
When we first saw the previews for the show, we thought, “This can’t be real.” First, we couldn’t picture Joan ever permanently leaving her beloved New York City, so some of the antics we saw must be part of an experiment the mother-daughter team has decided to play out on-camera.
“It really is real,” Joan tells Zap2it.
Then, Melissa adds, “Our life is very, very normal. But normal in a weird way that people will look at it and say, ‘no way that’s real’ and it is.”
With Melissa’s son, Cooper, reaching his tweens soon and E!’s “Fashion Police” moving to weekly airings, Joan says it was the right time for her to make the move. That doesn’t mean all the kinks have been worked out between the two and their relationship issues, though.
“More [issues] than ever,” says Joan. “Just working together 24/7. Just two women living in the same house and suddenly it’s Melissa’s house and I am the one that has to listen to her rules… in theory.”
“‘In theory’ being the operative statement,” Melissa, who’s used to bouncing off her mother’s statements, says.
Joan, who we respect for never trying to sugarcoat a situation, would characterize the time she spent living with Melissa “difficult” while Melissa fills in the shades of gray.
“There’s just a different dynamic in mother-daughter relationships that is there from day one to the last day we take a breath,” explains Melissa. “And when you confine all that energy in an extended period of time, there’s going to be steam blowing out from different spots. There’s going to be cracks.”
“Joan & Melissa Rivers: Joan Knows Best?” premieres Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on WE TV.