Kathy Griffin Quits ‘Fashion Police’
Another one busts the dust.
The comedienne, who officially joined the series last December as a replacement for the late Joan Rivers, announced on Thursday that she will be exiting the show. In a lengthy statement shared on her Twitter, the 54-year-old wrote:
The network later confirmed the news, saying in a statement:
We can confirm that Kathy Griffin is leaving E!’s Fashion Police. We wish her all the best and are grateful for her time on the show, as well as the many laughs that she gave us all. Fashion Police will return, as scheduled, on Monday, March 30, at 9 p.m. with our talented co-hosts Giuliana Rancic andBrad Goreski, and executive producer Melissa Rivers.
Griffin’s departure follows her previous comments about co-host Giuliana Rancic after the E! correspondent made a controversial statement regarding Zendaya’s dreadlocks at this year’s Oscars. At the time, Rancic said that the former Disney star probably smelled “like patchouli oil or weed.”
Following much backlash over the offensive remark, Griffin, who only appeared in seven Fashion Police episodes, told the Chicago Sun-Times, “I wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place. Some dude wrote it for her.”
“Don’t have anyone write you jokes or even suggest jokes for you on Fashion Police,” Griffin said of what advice she’d give to her co-host. “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.”
In the same article, Griffin hinted at her disdain for the direction Fashion Police was taking, saying, “The show wanted to do a running segment called ‘Whore Score.’ Um, no thanks. I think we can do better. 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.”
According to reports, Osbourne left Fashion Police because she was unhappy with the way the show was being handled following Rivers’ death. She had also previously threatened to quit if Rancic did not apologize to Zendaya.
As of now, Rancic and Goreski are the only hosts left on the panel.