Kathy Griffin has quit Fashion Police, cementing what one can safely call the free fall of the once-beloved fashion show post-Joan Rivers.
The comedienne announced her resignation via a long statement on Twitter, where she said, ‘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.’
She also added, ‘I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.’
Confirming her departure, E! said in a statement, ‘We can confirm that Kathy Griffin is leaving E!’s “Fashion Police.” 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 9pm with our talented Co-Hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski and Executive Producer Melissa Rivers. No further information is available at this time.’
Fashion Police has been struggling to keep working without the late Joan Rivers … but all the efforts to keep up to its original standards resulted in a big controversy involving Rancic and Zendaya … and co-host Kelly Osbourne quitting the show. Griffin did not mention these in her statement.
You can read Griffin’s full statement below.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 13, 2015