Today The New York Post gave more reasons for the “extended hiatus” of Fashion Police and how it all fell apart. The “cops” are to return in September with a revamped format. It’s no surprise, beginning with the death of Joan Rivers and then resignations of both founding “cop” Kelly Osbourne and new host Kathy Griffin earlier this month. Lauren predicted the end was near for Fashion Police a few weeks ago, here on Second City Style.
• “Kelly was very close to Joan, and she was unhappy when [fellow co-host] George Kotsiopoulos was pushed off the panel after [Rivers’] death,and she felt it was disloyal to have him replaced with Brad Goreski when George had been there since the start.”
• A source told Hollywood gossip site defamer.com, “Griffin had George fired because she didn’t want the gay guy that had been laughing at Joan’s jokes all these years sitting next to her. She wanted to bring her own guy in.”
• Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne, Kathy Griffin, Giuliana Rancic “both wanted to be ‘alpha panelist,’ ” “Joan always kept the bitchiness at bay, but when she died, the differences in Kelly and Giuliana’s personalities seemed to become even more marked. Any mutual dislike was only exacerbated.”
• The Post’s Cindy Adams reported in early March that Griffin “made a grab for the job while Joan lay on life support. I know. I was right there in her hospital room holding my forever friend’s hand.” (Griffin has denied this claim.)
• Once Griffin got the job, Osbourne and Rancic were united in their frustration at the red-haired rookie’s presenting style. “Joan always had her jokes prewritten and prepared, and she presided over the show in such a way that she gave the other panelists material to bounce off and a chance to shine.” “Kathy decided to just wing it, and it didn’t work. Her lack of interest in or knowledge of fashion was evident, and it was left to Kelly, Giuliana and Brad to prop her up. Kathy wasn’t happy that the others were delivering funnier lines than her.”
• “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,” Griffin insisted.
What’s next for the show? Network executives and producer Melissa Rivers are looking for a new anchor and a fashion-literate sidekick to join Rancic and Goreski, who will stay on as Fashion Police.
People are clamoring for the job even after all the controversy. Last Tuesday, Carson Kressley threw his name in the hat for a position, telling “Access Hollywood”, “I have the chops to talk about what they’re actually wearing.”
They can never replace Joan Rivers, but I do think Carson Kressley should have a shot! Especially if they can “revamp” the format. And can they please bring George back?
– Carol Calacci
Source & Photo: New York Post
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