Some People Are Saying Kathy Griffin Was About to Get Fired from ‘Fashion Police’ Before She Quit, and That the Show Might Be Cancelled
To everyone’s shock, after only 7 episodes, Kathy Griffin quit Fashion Police on Thursday (March 12, 2015) following co-host’s Kelly Osbourne’s departure and Giuliana Rancic’s controversial comments about Zendaya’s hair smelling like “patchouli oil” or “weed”.
Griffin explained her reasons in a statement on Twitter, saying she disagreed with the brand of humor the show was producing.
However, sources close to production of Fashion Police say she was about to get fired, and just hours before she made her Twitter statement, producers were having a meeting discussing whether or not she should be fired.
TMZ reports that there was a pitch meeting for a new idea called the “Whore Score,” but it was rejected for being too mean. Griffin was not in support of the segment, and said, “Name calling and alliteration with no comedic context is simply the lowest hanging fruit.”
TMZ then notes, “She then made Fashion Police sound old school and tired.”
Her comments angered the production staff, and they felt she was throwing her own show under the bus. Additionally, the thought her comments were hypocritical in the first place since “her shtick is exactly what she described.”
Griffin says, however, that her resignation was brewing, and that she threatened to quit 3 times but producers made her empty promises.
The email read:
Date: March 12, 2015
To: Undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject: I Need You!
Here’s why I need you…
I went live with the following statement on my social media platforms this evening. I’m reaching out to you because I think you will understand why I have made this decision and I am asking for your support via Twitter, etc. IF you are comfortable. I admire you & your work and hope that you can stand by me. Once again, IF you are comfortable. Oh, and I am nervous and scared about this…in case you’re wondering :wink:
“So Kelly quits and she’s overreacting, Kathy quits and she’s a hero? I find this frustrating”
Now, New York Daily News reports that with half of its cast gone, the E! show might be cancelled. Sources say, “Lena Dunham, Rosie O’Donnell and Jane Lynch all tweeted supporting Kathy. That’s not good. E! can’t survive without celebrity cooperation.”
Furthermore, Rancic would be “happy to go,” since she has other duties at E! that she prefers.
“Fashion Police is an albatross around her neck,” says our source. “She’s like, let the thing die already.”
Only time will tell what happens to Rivers’ eponymous comedic show. For now, Fashion Police is still scheduled to return March 30, 2015, at 9 p.m. on E! with Rancic, co-host Brad Goreski, and executive producer and Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers.