Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich has defended his decision to omit Joan Rivers from the prizegiving's In Memoriam segment on Sunday night (08Feb15), insisting he meant "no disrespect".

The legendary comedienne, who was posthumously honoured with her first Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for her memoir, Diary of a Mad Diva, was noticeably left out of the montage of late stars, which included photo tributes to the likes of Joe Cocker, Andrae Crouch, Pete Seeger, Jack Bruce, Ian MCLagan, Bobby Womack, Tommy Ramone and Maya Angelou.

Her absence prompted some viewers to question the inclusion of another iconic comedian, Robin Williams, while omitting Rivers, but Ehrlich insists it was just a matter of time constraints, noting that the Mrs. Doubtfire star had earned four Grammys during his career.

The Tv mogul tells People.com, "I try and put a time limit on the 'In Memoriam' (segment) and just have to make choices at some point. No disrespect (was meant) at all. I actually knew Joan and worked with her from time to time.

"I think it was just that her Grammy involvement was certainly less than Robin's. There's only so much we can do and we have to make hard choices when it comes to things like that."

Rivers' snub occurred just hours after beloved British actor Bob Hoskins was also left out of a similar tribute piece at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) prizegiving in London. Event bosses insisted the Who Framed Roger Rabbit star had not been forgotten, as they had previously chosen to honour him at their Tv awards in May (14).