Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police Taping Canceled as Doctors Assess Potential Brain Damage: Report

Joan Rivers
A scheduled Fashion Police taping has reportedly been canceled as doctors assess the potential damage to Joan Rivers' brain  Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Joan Rivers' E! show, Fashion Police, has been put on hold as doctors assess the potential damage to her brain after bringing her out of an induced coma, the New York Daily News reported on Monday, Sept. 1. According to the paper, this week's scheduled taping — timed to New York Fashion Week — has been canceled following the 81-year-old comedienne's health scare on Thursday, Aug. 28, when she stopped breathing during an outpatient procedure at a local clinic.

A source told Us Weekly that doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital began bringing Rivers out of her medically induced coma on Sunday. They "expect to be able to gauge her brain function Tuesday," the Daily News reported. 

Per the NYDN, there's concern that the Emmy-winning talk show host will be left "in a vegetative state or in a wheelchair" as a result of the aforementioned surgical complications. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, has asked loved ones and fans to pray for her recovery, saying Sunday, "We are keeping our fingers crossed."

"Everyone is shocked that this happened," a source previously told Us of the health emergency. "She's a strong woman, people aren't giving up hope, but it's very serious right now."

Indeed, Melissa said in a statement on Friday that her mother's condition remained "serious," but that she was "receiving the best treatment and care possible." She added, too, that the legendary funnywoman "would be so touched by the tributes and prayers" pouring in from around the world.

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