Kathy Griffin certainly seemed like the perfect choice to take over hosting duties on E!’s Fashion Police after the passing of comedy legend Joan Rivers. She’s sassy and cruel, and Griffin certainly never has a problem with making fun of celebrities, no matter how much it pisses people off. But even Griffin knew that talk of replacing Rivers on the show that she made a staple of every awards show’s coverage was inappropriate, because there’s simply no replacing the woman who was the best at what she did. So it seemed that, at least for a little while, the show would not go on because it was impossible to follow in Rivers’ footsteps.
That mourning period has ended, though, because E! has officially announced that Griffin is taking over as the host of Fashion Police, and she’s being joined by stylist Brad Goreski on the panel that will still include Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic. Most importantly, Griffin has the support of the show’s executive producer, Melissa Rivers.
“Kathy just feels right, and Brad brings a fun, new voice to join Giuliana and Kelly in this ensemble,” said Melissa Rivers, Executive Producer. “I’m excited to see where this panel takes this series my mother so adored in this next incarnation.”
And Kathy, per usual, tells it like it is about her new gig: “I get it! These are some big shoes I’m going to fill. Joan was truly one of a kind. Now I hope you will accept me for me. I’m just Kathy. Did I say I’m just Kathy? I meant I’m Kathy F***ing Griffin and you celebrities better strap yourself in, as I am taking no prisoners. I am not holding back so DAMMIT let’s have some fun!” (Via E! Online)
The series returns for Golden Globes coverage on January 12, so we can go ahead and start placing bets on the over/under for Bill Cosby jokes that night. I’m predicting 6, as well as at least 37 Real Housewives cracks that I won’t get.