Laverne Cox on a Year as the Red Carpet Host of ‘Live From E!’

LOS ANGELES — Don’t get her wrong. Laverne Cox loves Joan Rivers.

“Joan is for me the originator of everything,” Ms. Cox said. The comedian, who died in 2014, was the first host of “Live From the Red Carpet,” now called “Live From E!,” and perhaps the best-known red carpet commentator in history.

Ms. Rivers could bite with the strength of a diamond-collared toy poodle, drawing blood that only sometimes splashed back on her. She’d scream and curse and fire off jokes about celebrities’ bodies and outfits. There was scorched earth all over the trails she blazed.

“But I’m not Joan, there’s only one Joan, and the times are very different, too,”

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