Kathy Griffin Just Made The Giuliana Rancic/Zendaya Situation Even Worse

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Kelly Osbourne may have left E!, but Giuliana Rancic still has critics within the network. New Fashion Police co-host Kathy Griffin has waded into the controversy over Rancic's red carpet jokes about Zendaya's dreads. Clearly, the drama is far from over. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times' Splash magazine, the comedian says she wouldn't have made the same mistake. "I wouldn't have said the joke in the first place," Griffin said. "Some dude wrote it for her." That's not to say that Rancic, who has apologized for her comments, is completely blameless. According to Griffin, it's important to own your material. "Don’t have anyone write you jokes or even suggest jokes for you on Fashion Police," she said when asked what advice she'd give her fellow E! personality. "You have enough great insider gossip from actually being ON the red carpet. That's what fans want to hear the next day. Just talk and be yourself."
Another lesson to learn? Knowing the difference between funny and offensive.  "My approach is ALWAYS to go for the laugh, be as inappropriate as possible, but also change with the times," she told the magazine. "Comedy requires evolution as much as any business. My goal would be to bring the comedic sensibility of any show I enter or take over into a more modern way of thinking…and laughing. The show wanted to do a running segment called "Whore Score." Um, no thanks. I think we can do better. Look, God knows my — how shall I say — repertoire over all these years on TV and live touring has used some language I wouldn't use today, but people just aren't into that stuff anymore, and I get it. Name-calling and alliteration with no comedic context is simply the lowest hanging fruit." Will Griffin's way of thinking help Fashion Police move toward a more positive place? Or, will Rancic and E! take umbrage at her criticisms? Griffin may ruffle feathers, but she's got some valid points. (Chicago Sun-Times' Splash magazine)

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