Melissa Rivers: Kathy Griffin “Sh*t All Over My Mother’s Legacy” (VIDEO)
Melissa Rivers is no longer holding back about Kathy Griffin, saying at an event on Wednesday in New York that the one-time “Fashion Police” host “sh*t all over my mother’s legacy.” Melissa was doing a sit-down interview with Hoda Kotb at the 92nd Street Y, where she spoke about Joan Rivers and promoted new book, “The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation.” About one-third into the hourlong talk, Kotb brought up how “Fashion Police” imploded in March.
As Gossip Cop previously reported, after Giuliana Rancic cracked that Zendaya’s dreadlocks at the Oscars probably smelled like “weed,” the young actress accused the E! anchor of being racist, and eventually “Fashion Police” co-host Kelly Osbourne quit the show, followed by new host Kathy Griffin.
Melissa explained to Kotb, “We were a family, cast and crew and staff, and we went back too fast. And when the matriarch dies, the sisters started fighting, and someone tried to marry in… not a great match.” But what particularly hurt Melissa, she said, was that she “felt like ‘Fashion Police’ was this little jewel, and it was the last piece I had of my mother and I working together. And I felt like all these people were so out of control, including the one who made the allegations of racism.” Melissa told Kotb, “They took the last thing I had and smashed it,” adding, “I felt like I was Humpty Dumpty, and I felt like I was on my knees gluing it back together or at least trying to find the pieces”
She maintained that the aftermath “never would have happened if [her mother] was alive.” Melissa said Joan Rivers would have been “frustrated” and yelled at Osbourne and Rancic, and said, “All this over a wig? Stop it,” and it would have been over.
But most of Melissa’s annoyance was directed at Griffin who, when she quit “Fashion Police” after just seven appearances, issued a statement in which she griped about how she “discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show.” Melissa said, “My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of sh*t all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving.” She added, “I know that was not an intentional reading of it, but that’s how I felt… calling the comedy and the style of it old-fashioned. It was like, I understand what you were doing, you’re trying to save yourself, but don’t crap all over my mother to do it.”
Check out the video below of Melissa Rivers talking about “Fashion Police” and Kathy Griffin, starting at around the 16-minute mark, and tell us whether you agree with her or not.