Joan Rivers (1933 - 2014) was an actress, comedian, and television personality. She made a cameo appearance in The Muppets Take Manhattan as Eileen, Miss Piggy's department store co-worker. Seeing that Piggy is upset, Rivers uses her catchphrase, "Can we talk?"
Following a 2011 Change.org petition to have Bert and Ernie marry, Rivers went to Twitter to address the rumors: "There is NO WAY that Bert and Ernie are gay. They haven't changed their outfits in 25 years." (In actuality, the last visible change to the wardrobe for either was Bert in 1982, for season 14 of Sesame Street, as opposed to the implied season 18, see Bert Through the Years for details.)
In February 2014, Miss Piggy announced she was launching her own lifestyle brand and planning to take the title "Queen of Shopping" away from Joan Rivers, who had a Classics Collection jewelry line on QVC. Piggy and Rivers had a public fight at the QVC Red Carpet party followed by a public celebrity feud on social media and various news outlets (including a piece on E!). The feud culminated in Piggy appearing on QVC with Rivers.
When Rivers passed away, Miss Piggy gave the following statement, "Moi is deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and fellow legend, Joan Rivers. From our first appearance together as battling make-up counter girls in The Muppets Take Manhattan to our recent appearances together on QVC (Joan called it 'The Thrilla in Manolos'), we were always two of a kind. I will miss her. Can we talk? You bet we can, Joan! Forever and ever!"
- Personal communication between Joe Hennes and Sesame Workshop. See Category talk:Sesame Street Guest Stars