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Why Melissa Rivers Is Suing over Joan's Death: 'I Need Answers'

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In January, Melissa Rivers filed a lawsuit against the New York City clinic where her mother Joan stopped breathing during a routine throat procedure last October. The trailblazing comedian died a week later at the age of 81.

Now, Rivers, 47, is standing by her decision.

“I want to find out what happened,” she said on The Wendy Williams Show Tuesday. “I need to know, I need answers. I’m angry.”

The Fashion Police executive producer also addressed the show’s struggles since Joan’s tragic death: Kathy Griffin and Kelly Osbourne both quit after Giuliana Rancic‘s controversial critique of singer Zendaya‘s Oscars look.

E! postponed the series until September, when Rivers says she’ll be back to executive-produce.

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But will Rancic return?

“As of right now,” Rivers said. “I also thought we wouldn’t be having to recast the show … twice now in less than a year. So I don’t count on anything anymore.”

In an interview with NBC’s New York Live, Rivers elaborated on what went wrong.

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“It’s just sitting down and saying ‘Okay, we went back too fast.’ We didn’t realize how much everybody was mourning,” she said. “It really was a family and the sisters started to have a fight, and all these things kind of happened. We lost our matriarch, and now we’re figuring it out again.

Her new memoir, The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation, hit shelves May 5.