Kathy Griffin’s controversial departure from E!’s “Fashion Police” last Thursday, March 12, sparked speculations that the show may be cancelled. However, the network confirms, an episode is all set to air as scheduled on March 30 at 9 p.m. Meanwhile, some say that E! should reconsider keeping the show and change how they treat celebrities at the red carpet altogether. Read on for more.
Kathy Griffin, who revealed she’s turning in her “Fashion Police” badge via her Twitter account, expressed that her style and the show’s creative direction are not a match, which is why she chose to quit it. She thought she could follow in the footsteps of Joan Rivers, her mentor and the show’s original host, but realized it may be time to move on.
Rivers, who died unexpectedly last Sept. 2014, leaving a huge void for the show, made “Fashion Police” one of E!’s most watched programs. But in the months following her death, the show has been riddled with controversy, with Griffin’s departure as its most recent thorn.
Just last February, Kelly Osbourne, who co-hosted the program with Rivers since 2010, resigned from “Fashion Police” following Guiliana Rancic’s racist comments regarding Zendaya Coleman’s hairstyle at the Oscar’s. Rancic alluded that the young actress’ dreadlocks looked like it could smell of weed or patchouli oil, which elicited a firestorm of reactions from celebrities like Kerry Washington and Viola Davis. In defense, Rancic said that she was only reading the lines that were written for her.
But while Rancic has done her “Mea Culpa” effort on her Twitter account and Coleman graciously accepted her apology, Osbourne, who is a friend of the actress, expressed that she is starting to question being in the show. Days later, she announced her departure.
This year’s Oscar’s red carpet, a “Fashion Police” special annual event, was also not without its backlash.
Previous Best Actress winner Reese Witherspoon felt insulted when reporters didn’t ask her questions beyond the usual “Who are you wearing?” a line, which incidentally, was coined by Joan Rivers. According to Variety, Witherspoon supports the #AskHerMore campaign to implore red carpet reporters to ask celebrities questions other than fashion.
Most recent Best Actress winner Julianne Moore didn’t even want to let her fingers walk at the show’s Mani-Cam.
“I’m 54 years old. I can’t make my fingers walk; it’s humiliating! A guy asked me to lift up my skirt to show them my shoes, and I said, ‘I don’t need to do that. Let’s keep some dignity,” said the actress in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, where she’s featured for its April 2015 issue.
In recent red carpet events, several A-List celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman have also bypassed stations by E!
While the deconstruction of celebrity outfits on “Fashion Police” makes for fun water cooler discussions, somehow, with Rivers gone, it looks like it’s time to detain the show for good. New York Daily said Friday through an insider source that the network may cancel the show “as soon as the craziness dies down a little.”
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