Kathy Griffin has QUIT Fashion Police. She confirms the news in a statement today.
Kathy posted the news to Twitter, explaining why she took the spot on the show in the first place. “When I chose to step into the shoes of my beloved friend Joan Rivers at Fashion Police,” Kathy begins, “I was thrilled to continue her legacy as a woman being brash and eccentric on television.”
Kathy says she loves a good joke as much as the next person, “but only when the context permits intelligent humor.”
Kathy continues, “There is plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people’s bodies into it.” Adding, “I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.”
As such, she admits, “I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show & now it’s time to move on.”
A few days ago, Kelly Osbourne quit Fashion Police because of the same joke told by Giuliana.
Here’s the full statement from Kathy explaining why she’s leaving the show.
“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 the context 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 people’s bodies into it.
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! 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 the 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?” [Kathy’s Twitter via Buzzfeed]
UPDATE: E! confirms Kathy’s leaving with a statement of their own: “We can confirm that Kathy Griffin is leaving E!’s Fashion Police. 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.”
UPDATE: Kelly has reacted to Kathy quitting the show.
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) March 13, 2015