Mindy Kaling Remembers Joan Rivers: 'She Was Fearless'

Mindy Kaling stopped by AOL's Build series on Friday, Sept. 12 to answer a wide range of questions about "The Mindy Project," late night television and Joan Rivers. The iconic comedian died on Sept. 4, and Kaling reflected on Rivers' signature style.

"Joan was so incredible for so many reasons," Kaling said. "She was completely fearless... and totally fine with taking an insult." Kaling noted that she didn't know Rivers personally, but had been the subject of fashion bashing on "Fashion Police."

"We can't be offended if people call our clothes ugly," Kaling said. "We can't be offended if people say that we're fat and ugly because those are things that should not be important to us. She was both someone who dished a lot, but also taught, 'Hey, don’t take it personally.' So that was very useful."

Kaling also remembered "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," the beloved documentary about a year in Rivers' life.

"She died working, and that's what I want to do," Kaling said. "If I could choose the way I'd go, yeah, one week off of her TV show. I don’t know, I don't know if I'd like to retire and not do what I'm doing. I thought that was pretty baller."

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