The friend confided to People Magazine:
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E! News' Jason Kennedy teared up at the statement as he read it on air, saying:
"It is almost impossible to describe how much I adore Joan and how much she has meant to me. She was not only the funniest woman I have ever met, but was incredibly loving, honest, and lived her life with no regrets.
Working with her for the last 13 years has been one of the true joys of my life. She could put a smile on your face instantly, no matter how hard your day was.
My heart goes out to Melissa and Cooper who have lost something that can never be replaced. Their bond was truly one of a kind. They had the greatest mother and grandmother anyone could have ever hoped for.
My life is so much fuller and happier because I got to share it with this beautiful person, a true genius.
I woke up today, unable to grasp what the world will be like without her, and at the same time, feel so privileged to have called her my friend."
Her statement showed just how much love and admiration there was between Joan and Giuliana.
We hope all those close to Joan are able to carry on just as the funny lady would want them to do.