Kathy has said it herself: it was never her goal to fill Joan River’s shoes as host of E!’s Fashion Police. She would rather have her friend back than the gig.And after all the post-Oscar controversy (a shitty joke was made at the expense of a 19-year-old who once was a friend of the show and even sat on Joan’s lap), she’s decided it’s not worth the trouble. So, she quit. No fucks given. Or as she put it, #unapologetic.
Without Joan, perhaps the show should not have gone on. Now that Kathy has exited, the curtain has dropped with a thud on Fashion Police‘s clumsy second act. And in spite of all the red flags, E! has promised that Fashion Police will have a third act, as scheduled and without Kathy or Kelly Osbourne, on March 30th. Brad Goreski will co-host alongside Giulaina Rancic (Godspeed, Brad), and Melissa Rivers will executive produce as usual. So if you thought the jokes about a 19-year-old hair’s looking like it smelled like weed was funny (it isn’t – the context for that joke is shitty), that’s what you’re left with. Enjoy (what’s left of) the show!
Griffin sent out a Tweet to make her announcement, which E! helpfully condensed into a cohesive statement that left out the gist of why she’s leaving. The reason is, she does not want her comedy to be used to help foster intolerance nor to create a culture of unattainable perfection. And, that “I want to help women, gay kids, people of color and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH!”
Meaning, she didn’t get into this business to say a sweet kid’s hair looks like it smells like weed.
Good for Kathy Griffin.
Here’s the statement she sent out via Twitter:
Let me introduce myself. Hi, my name is Kathy Griffin. I’m 54, have written and starred in 23 stand-up comedy specials, I have two EMMYS, a Grammy, a NYTimes #1 Bestseller, decades of activism for the #LGBT community, have performed for the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, among many other things. When I chose to step into the shoes of my beloved friend Joan Rivers at Fashion Police, I was thrilled to continue her legacy as a woman being brash and eccentric on television. I am a freedom-loving female and gay rights activist who loves to find the funny in all people, attitudes, beliefs, and appearances, but only when teh contest permits intelligent humor. 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 peopel’s bodies into it. Again people… context! Listen, I’m no saint – I’m a feminist AND a Gurrrrl who loves an offensive joke or a well-timed barb and you will find plenty in my repertoire. But I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference. I want to help women, gay kids, people of color and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH! That has been my platform for decades and my body of work speaks for itself. After 7 episodes of Fashion Police, I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show & now it’s time to move on. I wish E! and the E! team only the best and I hope to continue to make you all laugh performing live or on television where I can be smart, irreverent, unrepentant and unafraid in an observational way that is candid, honest and justified. Thank you to my fans for taking this ride with me. See you at the gay bars…and the MF-ing KENNEDY CENTER Saturday, June 20 and everywhere else! Tickets on sale at KathyGriffin.com. How’s that for # Unapologetic?