Joan Rivers' replacement for "Fashion Police" has been decided following much speculation in recent weeks. TMZ reports that Kathy Griffin will take the place of the late comedienne on the E! show. The show returns in January 2015 after it was announced by Melissa Rivers for the upcoming Golden Globes awards. Read on to learn more about this story.
According to Hollywood Life, Griffin will be joined by Rivers' daughter and “Fashion Police,” producer Melissa Rivers, as well as co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne. It's undecided as to whether fellow co-host, George Kotsiopoulos, will stay on as well. However, Fashion Police will not air weekly, instead only during awards shows and other special occasions as "event programming."
Guest hosts have included Khloé Kardashian, Ryan Lochte, Jay Manuel, Nicki Minaj, NeNe Leakes, Aubrey O'Day, Ali Fedotowsky, Snooki, Ciara, Melanie Brown, Tori Spelling, Zendaya, Kimora Lee Simmons, Chelsea Kane, Tara Reid, Bonnie McKee, Jaime Pressly, Tiffani Thiessen, Mischa Barton, Kylie Minogue and Joan's daughter, Melissa Rivers.
Griffin herself confirmed she'd been offered the job earlier this month but told Access Hollywood she wasn't sure if it's right for her at this time.
A source also told Us Weekly that Joan would have "wanted Kathy to be her successor," and that the pair had apparently discussed the possibility of her taking over in the past. And in terms of a ballsy, no joke too far successor.
Griffin does seem like the best choice as influence of late Rivers is apparent on her conversational style and controversial statements on celebrities, religion and sexuality. She has won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2014 after being nominated for six years in a row. Griffin became the third woman to win the category after Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg.
She has recorded 16 standup specials for HBO, the maximum number of specials in any network. She rose to celebrity status after Bravo’s reality show “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” which aired from 2005 to 2010. The show boosted the ratings of the network and earned her two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality Program.
Griffin has released six comedy albums, and all of them received Grammy Award nominations. Her first album, “For Your Consideration,” released in 2008, made her the first comedienne to top the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart. In 2009, she released her memoirs named “Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin.” The life story topped The New York Times Best Seller list.
Rivers tragically passed away on Sept. 4, 2014 following a throat surgery at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York City on Aug. 28, 2014. Griffin took to social media to pay tribute to her friend and role model.
“A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. RIP #JoanRivers @joan_rivers pic.twitter.com/jnAC5G4AQo,” tweeted Griffin.
And that’s it for the “Fashion Police,” scoop, with Kathy Griffin joining as host. For more details coming up about “Fashion Police,” stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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