In a shocking turn of events, the show is now down to two panelists. Kathy Griffin has announced her own departure by breaking the news with a tweet Thursday afternoon. This comes just weeks after longtime member Kelly Osbourne announced her exit after a dispute with another panelist, Giuliana Rancic.
Kathy Griffin released this statement:
“After seven episodes of Fashion Police, I have discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on,” she wrote, before wishing the members, channel and show well.
Fashion Police has struggled since the January return. The show returned after weeks of hiatus following the death of Joan Rivers. Kathy was not the only addition; Brad Goreski also joined the show.
Fans have to be concerned, as the show didn’t even manage to crack 1 million viewers in the comeback episode. The show had been mediocre until some controversial comments were made during the Oscars episode and it sparked the ratings once again. The comments came from Giuliana Rancic, who caused controversy by ripping Zendaya’s red carpet look at the famous event. The comments mentioned her new dreadlocks, which made Coleman and Osbourne furious. Kelly made threats to quit the show and she did, even after Rancic’s public apologies.
Griffin’s announcement to quit after just seven episodes in the show, certainly hints at issues with mean spirited remarks and disrespectful comments made by the panelists. Not directly, but that’s what it looks like. “My brand of humor, while unrepentant and unafraid, is all about context,” Griffin writes. “There is plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people’s bodies into it.”
Future In Question
The two exits in such a short amount of time have the channel scrambling for replacements and most think the show’s future is in question. E! Channel had already been questioning the decision to bring back the show after Joan’s death. It will take the channel time to find substitutes or guests as they will not found overnight. Especially after all that’s been going on.
An E! Representative confirmed the news and offered the following statement: “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 9 p.m with our talented co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski and executive producer Melissa Rivers.”
Will the ratings keep dipping?
In my opinion, the show should have never been brought back after Joan’s death. She was the heart and soul of Fashion Police. Maybe her daughter will save the show or great replacements will come, but for now, the future looks cloudy.