E! is reportedly considering cancelling Fashion Police in an effort to save their relationships with a number of celebrities.
NY Daily News’ Confidenti@l have been informed by their sources that the network are mulling over whether to simply pull the plug on the show, which has been mired in controversy over the last few weeks.
However, E! released a statement insisting that Fashion Police will return to air on Monday, March 30, at 9 p.m. as planned. Insiders insist that the show might not make it to this point, though, as executives are starting to run out of patience with it.
This entire Fashion Police furor began at the end of last month after Giuliana Rancic remarked that actress and singer Zendaya’s hair looked like it smelled like weed.
Zendaya then took to social media to call her comments “ignorant” and “offensive,” while Rancic soon apologised.
Rancic was met with a wave of criticism because of her remarks, while Griffin, Kelly Osbourne and Brad Goreski were each informed by executives and producers not to comment on Rancic.
However, during an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Griffin decided to disobey these orders, as she told the publication’s Splash magazine, “Don’t have anyone write your jokes or even suggest jokes for you on Fashion Police.”
She then went on to add that Rancic “has enough great insider gossip from actually being on the red carpet… That’s what fans want to hear the next day. Just talk and be yourself.”
Meanwhile Griffin, who has only appeared on seven episodes of the show, risked the ire of the network because she defended Kelly Osbourne, who quit Fashion Police a few days after Rancic’s remarks.
Osbourne is thought to have left because she was appalled by Rancic’s Zendaya joke. She even took to Twitter a day after the Oscars show to tell her followers that she was “seriously questioning staying on the show.”
Griffin insisted that she stood by Osbourne, who at the time of her departure insisted it was because she wanted to explore different avenues.
And after Griffin took to her Twitter account to confirm that she had left Fashion Police, Osbourne herself showered her with praise.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 13, 2015
Since its inception in 2010, Fashion Police was hosted by comedienne Joan Rivers up until her death in 2014, and the program has clearly struggled to rebuild since her passing.