TMZ reports that Kathy Griffin will indeed be replacing the late Joan Rivers on E!’s Fashion Police. Sources from the show tell TMZ it’s a ‘done deal.’
Us Weekly reports that Kathy Griffin will be joined by Joan Rivers’ daughter and Fashion Police producer Melissa Rivers, as well as by co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne. It’s unclear as to whether fellow co-host George Kotsiopoulos will stay on as well.
The show will no longer be aired each week, but rather will air only on special occasions or as event programming.
An Us Weekly sources says, “Joan has always given her blessing to Kathy” and that she “wanted Kathy to be her successor.”
Kathy Griffin has been named Joan Rivers' replacement on Fashion Police: http://t.co/fB4oYVfXKn
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) November 19, 2014
“They talked about it many times,” the source says. “They have such a similar sense of humor and were the best of friends. Joan would have loved seeing Kathy on Fashion Police and she would have definitely approved.”
Kathy Griffin admitted earlier in November that she had been offered the job.
“I don’t know if the situation is correct at this time for me or right for me at this time,” she said at the time.
She has no doubt given the offer some thought and decided to walk in some very big shoes.
Joan Rivers died on September 4th in New York City, following a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy a few days earlier. She left behind her daughter Melissa Rivers and one grandson.
How do you think fans of Fashion Police will react–not only to the confirmation of Kathy Griffin as Joan Rivers’ replacement, but about the show no longer airing on a weekly basis?