Melissa Rivers Slings “Sh*t” and Shade on Kathy Griffin
In an interview with Hoda Kotb at the 92nd Street Y in New York City to promote her series of essays about life with Joan Rivers, daughter Melissa expressed disgust in Griffin’s rationale for abandoning Fashion Police.
As a reminder, the comedienne quit the hosting gig following co-host Giuliana Rancic’s unsavory comments on Zendaya’s dreadlocks at the 2015 Academy Awards. Griffin’s official statement regarding her decision inadvertently insulted the late queen of red carpets’ humor, reading,
I am a freedom-loving female and gay rights activist who loves to find the funny in all people, attitudes, beliefs, and appearances, but only when the context permits intelligent humor. I hope to continue to make you all laugh performing live or on television where I can be smart, irreverent, unrepentant, and unafraid in an observational way that is candid, honest, and justified.
Melissa fired back upon being reminded of Griffin’s words in her conversation with Kotb.
My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of sh*t all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving … calling the comedy and the style of it old-fashioned. It’s like, I understand what you’re doing, you’re trying to save yourself, but don’t crap all over my mother to do it.
The moral of the story? Don’t mess with Joan Rivers here or in the afterlife.
The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation, Melissa’s tribute to her mother and her career, is available on bookshelves now.
Watch Melissa Rivers’ full interview with Hoda Kotb here: