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Kathy Griffin Has Left Fashion Police After Two Months

Monday March 16 2015    |     Views: 4764    |     Comments: 0   |     Print    Bookmark and Share

The announcement, which she made on Twitter, comes two weeks after co-host Kelly Osbourne also left in the wake of a racially fueled controversy that emerged during the E! series’ Oscars episode.

After two months (and seven episodes), Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police successor, Kathy Griffin, announced on Twitter that she’s leaving the series behind.

In a lengthy statement, Griffin said her “style does not fit with the creative direction of the show & now it’s time to move on.”

“Let me introduce myself. Hi, my name is Kathy Griffin. I’m 54, have written and starred in 23 stand-up comedy specials, I have two EMMYS, a Grammy, a NYTimes #1 Bestseller, decades of activism for the #LGBT community, have performed for the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, among many other things. 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 the context permits intelligent humor. 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. 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. Again people…context! Listen, I’m no saint — I’m a feminist AND a Gurrrrl who loves an offensive joke or a well-timed barb and you will find plenty in my repertoire. But I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference. I want to help women, gay kids, people of color and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH!

That has been my platform for decades and my body of work speaks for itself. After 7 epodes 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! 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. Thank you to my fans for taking the ride with me. See you at the gay bars…and the MF-ing KENNEDY CENTER Saturday, June 20 and everywhere else! Tickets on sale at KathyGriffin.com. How’s that for #unapologetic?”

Though she does not explicitly mention her co-host Giuliana Rancic, Griffin’s reference to “intolerance” could refer to the racially insensitive remarks Rancic made about Zendaya’s dreadlocks at the Academy Awards during the Fashion Police Oscars special.

And it eventually came to light that the joke was written by a Fashion Police writer, and did not come from Rancic herself.
Yesterday, in an interview with, Chicago Sun-Times’ Splash magazine, Griffin said of Rancic’s pre-written comment, “I wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place.”

E! confirmed Griffin’s departure with the below statement:
“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 9 p.m. with our talented co-Hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski and executive producer Melissa Rivers. No further information is available at this time.”

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