Kathy Griffin Breaks Silence on Giuliana Rancic’s Controversial Comments About Zendaya Coleman
Rancic came under harsh scrutiny after commenting that Coleman’s hair probably smelled like “weed” or “patchouli oil” — a failed attempt at a joke that eventually led to Kelly Osbourne exiting the show.
When asked if it would have been an issue had she made the comment instead of Rancic, Griffin responded,”Probably not. But I wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place. Some dude wrote it for her.”
Griffin has since advised Rancic: “Don’t have anyone write you jokes or even suggest jokes for you on Fashion Police. You have enough great insider gossip from actually being ON the red carpet. That’s what fans want to hear the next day. Just talk and be yourself.”
The red-headed TV personality continues, explaining that the jokes are up to the audience to receive well or not, and there’s a stark difference between being funny and being mean.
“Here’s the best I can give you: I will make my Miley Cyrus jokes as long as people want to laugh at them,” she explains, “but there is a chasm of difference between making a joke about Miley Cyrus wearing duct tape over her nipples out in public (which I think is totally fair game) and simply looking at a photo of her on a red carpet and saying she is ugly or a bad singer or pathetic or something like that.”
Griffin also criticizes the show itself, revealing, “The show wanted to do a running segment called ‘Whore Score.’ Um, no thanks. I think we can do better,” she explains. “Look, God knows my — how shall I say — repertoire over all these years on TV and live touring has used some language I wouldn’t use today, but people just aren’t into that stuff anymore and I get it. Name-calling and alliteration with no comedic context is simply the lowest hanging fruit.”
As for whether or not Osbourne — who opened up for the first time about the situation on Tuesday— left the show over Rancic’s comments? “Jesus, I don’t know! Sometimes she seemed very upset at the merely seven tapings of Fashion Police we did together,” Griffin revealed, seemingly confirming a feud between her and Osbourne. “I can tell you this: I adore that family. I’ve spent the most time with Sharon [Osbourne]. She is the real deal. Love her! Kelly came to my house a couple of times when Joan was in the hospital and we were consoling each other. I can tell you there was genuine love there.”