Giuliana Rancic is opening up about her late friend Joan Rivers in a new interview, and weighing in on the future of their popular E! show Fashion Police.
"It was the shock of a lifetime, it really was," the 40-year-old host said of her longtime colleague. "I had just seen Joan 48 hours before her procedure."
"We were taping the Emmy Fashion Police show," Rancic added, "and she was honestly better than ever and she even looked better than ever at 81."
Joan Rivers died earlier this month, one week after she stopped breathing while undergoing an outpatient procedure on her vocal cords on August 28.
Rancic recalled complimenting the trailblazing, sharp-tongued comedienne just before her surgery, noting that Joan Rivers didn't take flattery well.
"She wasn't one to ever take a compliment, but she didn't say 'Stop it' that day ... she just kind of smiled and said, 'Thank you,'" Rancic explained.
"I'll never forget that, that moment," she said, given the events that followed. "When this all happened, that was one of the first things I thought about."