Kathy Griffin Says There’s No “Scandal” Behind Fashion Police Exit: “It Just Didn’t Work Out”
Kathy Griffin is downplaying speculation about behind-the-scenes drama or possible hidden reasons for her abrupt exit from “Fashion Police” after only seven episodes. The comedian was performing stand-up in Connecticut on Friday when she briefly touched on her departure from the show.
“It just didn’t work out,” she told the crowd. “That’s it. That’s the scandal. However, Hollywood, of course, enjoys blowing something up.” Griffin said it was “nice” to get a groundswell of support from friends on Twitter in the wake of her decision to leave.
She told the audience, “I’m just surprised that people are so invested in this show, but I shouldn’t be, because Joan [Rivers] was so incredible and amazing, and it just wasn’t the right thing for me.” Griffin acknowledged that she’s now “all over TMZ and all that stuff,” referring to speculation about what happened. She called the media frenzy “kind of funny.”
As Gossip Cop reported, Griffin announced she was quitting “Fashion Police” with a Twitter post on Thursday, explaining, “My style does not fit with the creative direction of the show & now it’s time to move on.” Subsequent reports suggested that Griffin may have been on the verge of getting fired before she quit. The show has been in upheaval in recent weeks, including Giuliana Rancic’s controversial comment about Zendaya’s dreadlocks and Kelly Osbourne’s own departure. Gossip Cop will have updates as “Fashion Police” re-tools.