On his show, at times nearly in tears, Fallon pays tribute to Rivers who hosted The Tonight Show for Johnny Carson in the 1980’s on many occasions. Fallon says Rivers was “fearless” and “one of the funniest people in the world, ever.” He adds:
She would come out and just say what you were thinking, but you wouldn’t say it. You would stop, but she wouldn’t stop; she would just say it. And a lot of people thought her humor was mean, but she just did it because she wanted to make people laugh. That’s the goal. And she could take a joke just as easily as she could dish it out. One of the classiest acts. Love her so much. Class act all the way.