Kathy Griffin is leaving E!'s Fashion Police after just seven episodes in the host chair. On March 10, the comedian gave her opinion on the whole Zendaya/Giuliana Rancic Oscars commentary situation in an interview with Chicago Sun-Times' Splash magazine. According to Griffin, Rancic lost a lot of personal integrity and credibility when she repeated a joke of questionable taste given to her by a staff writer. Griffin felt that the show was relying too heavily on humor of the lowest and cruelest sort. "Name-calling and alliteration with no comedic context is simply the lowest hanging fruit," she'd told the magazine. About two hours ago, she tweeted a statement saying that she would be leaving the show over these creative differences.
E! has already confirmed Griffin's departure. The network released a statement of its own a short while later. "We can confirm that Kathy Griffin is leaving E!'s Fashion Police," it reads. "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. No further information is available at this time."
Longtime panelist Kelly Osbourne also left Fashion Police following the Oscars incident. In her first interview since leaving the show, Osbourne told the hosts of The Talk that, "It was the five best working years of my life. I'm so grateful for the experience."
Replacements for Osbourne and Griffin have yet to be named, although there has been speculation that Khloé Kardashian will step into Osbourne's seat on the panel. (E! Online)