Joan Gone Wild
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It’s every parent's nightmare to have a daughter strip down in front of the camera … well, every parent except Joan Rivers.
The 77-year-old TV personality revealed that she’d love her daughter to star in Joe Francis’ new video, Hollywood Moms Gone Wild.
“I would be so proud to say, ‘See that slut on the cover? That’s my daughter,’ ” Joan said.
Melissa River, 43, was offered $400,000 to pose naked in Francis’ video. Much to her mother’s disappointment, she declined.
Joan wouldn’t take no for an answer though. In the debut of the mother-daughter reality show Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best, Joan sneaked into the bathroom and filmed Melissa in the shower to prove that her daughter has a bod worthy of Francis' wild moms.
As things stand it's unlikely that Melissa will appear in Hollywood Moms Gone Wild. But stay tuned: Few forces rival the power of a nagging mother.
The WE tv show begins with Joan’s decision to move west in order to spend more time with her grandson — Melissa's son, Cooper. As she bids farewell to her East Coast life, we meet the assistants on the peripheries of every celeb-reality show who keep stars’ schedules and egos functioning. Then it's off to LA. Upon arriving at Melissa’s pad Joan is shocked: Melissa is living with her boyfriend, Jason, and — guess what! — she never told her mom!
Like most reality shows, the situations are glaringly contrived. Joan could easily stay in a five-star hotel while searching for an LA home. Instead, she opts to up the drama and move in with Melissa.
More hilarity ensues when Melissa discovers that Joan has also brought her indoor-peeing dog, Lola, to the house against Melissa’s wishes.
While more than a bit forced, the setup allows Joan to crank the volume on her vulgar, off-the-wall humor. The (still somehow) blond funny woman treats everything— child rearing, vacation, boyfriends, even death— as one big joke, and she's still got it.