Kathy Griffin Wins Celeb Kudos After Fashion Police Exit

Kathy Griffin
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Kathy Griffin

On the six-inch heels of the Zendaya’s-dreadlocks-smell-like-weed comment that landed Fashion Police‘s Giuliana Rancic in hot water and led Kelly Osbourne to quit the E! show, Kathy Griffin has also decided to turn in her clothing-bashing badge.

“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,” the double-Emmy winner stated on Twitter last night. Griffin’s post—which actually ran longer than her stint on the show and most Kardashian marriages—also addressed her initial thrill to “step into the shoes of” her beloved friend, the late Joan Rivers, as well as her desire to use humor for good.

“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!”

It’s not surprising to see such upheaval at the red carpet shooting range known as Fashion Police. After the death of Rivers, who pretty much eclipsed Mr. Blackwell as the voice of trashing celebrities for their sartorial sins, Griffin was brought in, and longtime contributor George Kotsiopoulos was replaced by Bravo-lebrity Brad Goreski. The energy was different, the tone felt forced and that cheeky-but-charming edge Rivers brought to the proceedings was woefully missing. With Griffin’s exit, the latest iteration of Police, due to air on March 30th as a post-iHeartRadio Awards rundown, is now set to feature just Rancic and Goreski, as well as Rivers’ daughter Melissa as an executive producer.

Griffin’s decision has garnered some major kudos from both her colleagues and potential targets.

Congrats to my beautiful friend Kathy Griffin for bravely saying enough is enough to intolerance of all kinds on television. She’s modeling a better way for the youths (and working those ears.)

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So far, there is no word on plans to fill the empty spot left by Griffin. The network released a statement last night saying they wish the comedienne “all the best and are grateful for her time on the show, as well as the many laughs that she gave us all.” Given that E! is the home of those damn Kardashians, it would not be surprising to see one of them score a gig. That is, if the show goes on. Some out there think the sport of judging celebrities on their appearances is, well, out of fashion.

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