J Rivers

Remember when Joan Rivers was banned from “The Tonight Show” 25 years ago by former host Johnny Carson?

Rivers had been Carson’s permanent guest host but left to host her own rival show, “The Late Show With Joan Rivers,” on Fox.


But now that “The Tonight Show” has a new host, one Mr. Jimmy Fallon, Rivers was finally able to return. And not only did she come back, but she did it on the anniversary of her first “Tonight Show” appearance on February 17th, 1965.

Rivers told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s about time! I’ve been sitting in a taxi outside NBC with the meter running since 1987…Being in the studio brought back the most wonderful, wonderful memories of the night that jump-started my career. So when people ask me, ‘Why was last night different from all other nights?’ I’ll tell them that it certainly beats Passover!”

Oh Joan. She’s still got it, even if watching her on “Fashion Police” makes you want to rip your hair out and set a mall on fire.

Watch Joan Rivers’ return to “The Tonight Show” alongside Robert De Niro, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Seth Rogen, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan and more below.

That fur she was wearing! So beyond. And Stephen Colbert with the coins! Well done, Jimmy Fallon.

J-Connection: Joan Rivers is Jewish… and fabulous!