Kathy Griffin Knows She’s No Joan Rivers

Kathy: 'Fashion Police'
Kathy Griffin talks replacing Joan Rivers as 'Fashion Police' host.
Kathy Griffin is well aware Joan Rivers left some big shoes behind, but the 54-year-old comedienne will be the first to admit she’s not trying to fill them.

Griffin is set to replace Rivers on Fashion Police beginning Jan. 12, and she’s planning to bring her own personal touch to the show.

“[Joan] absolutely left big shoes to fill, and I’m bringing my own slippers,” Griffin told Savannah Guthrie on the Today show Monday.  “And yeah, as you know, Joan and I were great pals.  And I will continue, if nothing else, in her fearless style of taking no prisoners.  But our styles were different.”

The red head went on to explain, “I’m a different human being.  I’m more improvisational.  I don’t know what I’m going to say, and neither does anyone else on the panel.”

Guthrie couldn’t help but point out that Griffin has been listed as a repeat offender on the worst dressed lists overtime–the lists she’ll now be deciding for herself on FP.

“Many times… I have gone from the worst dressed to the best dressed and everything in between,” Griffin replied.  “I have been on the other side of the microphone, walking the red carpet at the Emmys or Grammys, and I’ve also taken hits.”

But of course she never let it get to her, and she hopes the victims of her red carpet jokes won’t either.  “This is all pomp and circumstance,” she explained.  “It’s ridiculousness.  If you can’t make fun of the red carpet, what can you make fun of?”

She continued, “I would actually like to encourage the gentlemen and ladies to not play it so safe.  I think this could be the year where people take some risks, and I like it…I actually hope some of the ladies bring the heat for the [Golden] Globes.”

The outspoken celeb also wanted to note that her taste and opinion on style will likely vary week-to-week.  “Every week is going to change, and I change my mind, believe it or not,” she expressed. “One week I might make fun of Gwyneth Paltrow and think she’s too Goop-y. The next week I might Goop it up.”

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