Kathy Griffin Tested Poorly as Joan Rivers’ ‘Fashion Police’ Replacement
Kathy Griffin initially said she was offered the job and declined, but an insider says the real reason she didn’t land the gig is because she tested poorly.
A source told The Wrap that E! brought Griffin in for some focus group testing, and it didn’t go so well. “The problem viewers mentioned is she’d always be compared to Joan, but never actually as good as her,” the source said before adding that Griffin’s chances of securing the job are “dead.”
“She was tested and tested poorly because she was too close to Joan’s comedic sensibility,” the source continued.
“Just 2 clarify. I have not contacted E! & they have not contacted me.” Later, Griffin said that E! did offer her the job but that she didn’t know if “the situation is correct… or right for me at this time.” A representative for E! denies that focus testing was ever done.
“Tyra Banks was talked about for Fashion Police,” the source said.
Kelly Osbourne expressed her frustrations about the proceedings.