Kathy Griffin Breaks Silence On Giuliana Rancic Controversy: “I Wouldn’t Have Said” The Zendaya Fashion Police Joke

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Kathy Griffin Giuliana Rancic Controversy

By Shari Weiss

Kathy Griffin Giuliana Rancic Controversy

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Kathy Griffin is breaking her silence on the controversy surrounding Giuliana Rancic in the wake of her racist “Fashion Police” comments about Zendaya. As Gossip Cop has reported, Rancic has been under fire for joking that the star’s dreadlocks at the Oscars probably smelled like “weed,” a failed attempt at humor that eventually led to Kelly Osbourne quitting the E! series.

Griffin had remain mum throughout the ordeal… until now. In her first interview about the incident, the comedienne is asked whether there would have been an “issue” had she made the comment, and not Rancic. “Probably not. But I wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place. Some dude wrote it for her,” Griffin tells the Chicago Sun-Times magazine, Splash.

Griffin says she’s 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.” Asked whether the whole thing was blown out of proportion, Griffin answers “yes and no,” and goes on to share what she thinks is and isn’t appropriate.

“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, however, seems unsure whether more than Rancic’s mishap caused Osbourne’s exit, telling Splash, “Jesus, I don’t know! Sometimes she seemed very upset at the merely seven tapings of ‘Fashion Police’ we did together.” Confirming our debunkings of a Griffin-Osbourne feud, she continues, “I can tell you this: I adore that family. I’ve spent the most time with Sharon. 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. Oh, and of course, Ozzy is amazing.” What do you think of Griffin’s take on the situation?

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