As Kathy Griffin leaves Fashion Police with much ado, she apparently decided that the time was ripe to discuss her advice for preventing a repeat of the dreadlocks debacle wrought by Giuliana Rancic. And Griffin kept her tips for Rancic and others who attempt to channel Joan Rivers on the red carpet review show simple, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Don’t have anyone write you jokes or even suggest jokes for you on ‘Fashion Police,'” emphasized Kathy to would-be designer dress debaters. “You have enough great insider gossip from actually being ON the red carpet.”
In addition to blaming the controversy on the joke writer rather than Rancic, Griffin mused on the question of whether the entire blow-up had been blown out of proportion.
“Yes and no. I think it’s emblematic of several new developments. And I say that as one of the actual ‘new developments.’ Since the announcement was made that the show was going to continue — very soon after Joan’s passing, I might add — the speculation over who would take over Joan’s seat became a very hot topic in the Hollywood journalism world. Little did I know, after a lot of soul searching and the network begging me to take the position, the overwhelming response to me personally was quite simply, ‘You’re no Joan Rivers,’ ‘I’ll always miss Joan Rivers,’ ‘You’ll never be able to fill her shoes,’ ‘Who do you think you are trying to be? Joan Rivers?'”
But Kathy revealed that she has suffered her own emotional pain over Joan’s passing.
“Joan Rivers is no longer with us. I miss her far more than any angry tweeter!” exclaimed Griffin.
But it was Giuliana, not Kathy, who caused many to question whether the show created by Joan Rivers had taken a wrong turn and become too cruel, reported Entertainment Tonight.
The misstep occurred as Zendaya showed off her long dreadlocks at the Academy Awards red carpet.
“I feel that she smells like patchouli oil… or weed,” announced Rancic.
Twitter promptly exploded – and Zendaya voiced her own views.
“To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive. There is already a harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair.”
With first Kelly Osbourne and now Kathy Griffin exiting Fashion Police, what does the future hold? The E! Network may cancel Fashion Police, reported the New York Daily News.
As Melissa Rivers struggles to take on the role of executive producer and fill the creative and managerial gap left by the passing of her mother Joan, the show has only two remaining co-hosts. Can Melissa and the E! management find anyone to complement Rancic and Brad Goreski?
“Don’t be surprised if they cancel it quietly in a matter of weeks, when the craziness dies down a little,” said an insider. “Melissa is a producer, not a leader; she can’t get control of the situation.”
And if they do attempt to experiment with replacements prior to cancelling, both Amber Rose and Khloe Kardashian are competing for a Fashion Police chair, as the Inquisitr reported.
What do you think? With both Kelly Osbourne and now Kathy Griffin exiting Fashion Police, is it time for a change in chair fillers, or time to cancel the show? Post your comments below.
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