"Can we talk?” isn’t a question Joan Rivers usually needs to ask her daughter Melissa.
The stars of WE TV's Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? can’t get away from each other, since they live under the same roof in Melissa’s beautiful but "crowded" LA home.
“Between my [13-year-old son] Cooper, my mother ‘visiting’ three days a week, running my office and shooting the reality show inside the house, the number of people here at any given time would shock you!” Melissa reveals in a mom-daughter chat with Closer.
“The joy of this house is that it’s big enough to live here and still have our privacy,” matriarch Joan, 80, says. Her 46-year-old daughter sighs, “I definitely need more space. The reason I’ve never left is I won’t leave my view!”
Who could blame her? The spectacular hillside vista down the California coast can be enjoyed from the top two floors of the four bedroom, 5,000-square-foot home — which Melissa had spotted from her rental house across the street 15 years ago.
But Joan — who flies in from New York each week to tape their show, staying in the converted garage — most enjoys stepping inside the traditional front door and looking to the right, into Melissa’s dining room.
“I love seeing all of the things I grew up with — my grandmother’s china in the cabinet, her tea service on display,” Joan shares.
Elegantly decorated and accented with treescape murals, they save the dining room for holidays, like Passover, and head straight to the open kitchen to hang out and eat. “I’m the third generation of women who can’t cook, but I can microwave like a champ,” Melissa quips.
Yet, unless she’s in her office or gym, Melissa loves to escape up to her bedroom — despite the 12 weeks of renovation that's "making [her] crazy." While she's adding a new fireplace, the one thing that won't change is the view.
The chaos fades away when she gazes out as far as Catalina Island. "It's the best thing about the house," she reveals. "It's the reason I stay."
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