Kathy Griffin QUITS Fashion Police
Kathy Griffin just QUIT “Fashion Police.” The comedienne broke the news on Twitter Thursday night, posting a lengthy statement. See below.
The star says, “When I chose to step into the shoes of my beloved friend Joan Rivers at ‘Fashion Police,’ I was thrilled to continue her legacy as a woman being brash and eccentric on television. 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 appropriate.”
“I thought that I could bring my brand of humor to ‘Fashion Police’ so that beautiful people in beautiful dresses could be teased when appropriate,” continues Griffin. “My brand of humor, while unrepentant and unafraid, is all about CONTEXT. There is plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people’s bodies into it.”
Griffin goes on, “After 7 episodes of ‘Fashion Police,’ I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show & now it’s time to move on. I wish E! and the E! team only the best and 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.”
Griffin’s announcement comes just two weeks after Kelly Osbourne also left the show, and a few weeks after the show was embroiled in a major controversy when co-host Giuliana Rancic said Zendaya’s dreadlocks at the Oscars probably smelled like “weed.” Griffin broke her silence on the ordeal this week, saying she would not have said the joke. In the same interview, the funny lady hinted that she was not seeing eye to eye with the show’s creative team.
With Griffin and Osbourne’s departures, Rancic and Brad Goreski, who joined when Griffin did, are the only ones left on the panel. E! says in its own 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 9pm with our talented Co-Hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski and Executive Producer Melissa Rivers. No further information is available at this time.”
See Griffin’s full statement below, and tell us what you think. Gossip Cop will have updates.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 13, 2015