After loads of speculation on the subject, the truth is finally out. For weeks after Joan Rivers died from complications of surgery, there were rumors that Kathy Griffin would be tapped to take Rivers’ place on Fashion Police. For a while, Griffin denied that she was under consideration at all. But now she is coming clean.
“They did offer it to me,” Griffin said at an event earlier this week. But she expressed reservations about taking 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.
Regardless of whether or not Griffin takes Rivers’ seat on Fashion Police, she does want to see the show continue.
“I really hope they continue in the spirit of Joan’s work,” she told Access Hollywood. “She brought a fearlessness and a brand of humor into our homes that we really need.”
Before Rivers died, but while she was in a coma, there were rumors that Griffin would be subbing for Rivers on the show.
“Kathy has been told if she wants the gig she can have it because Melissa wanted someone who her mother would have approved of,” the Daily Mail quoted a “show source” as saying. “Kathy will probably take the position but they are still working out the deal.”
Griffin vehemently denied it.
“It’s disgusting. It’s not true,” she told Larry King. “And I know that stuff shouldn’t bother me at this stage of my career – you know, I thought I’d heard it all – but that one hurts, because it’s as far from the truth as you can get.”
Fashion Police will return in January, 2015 starting with coverage of the Golden Globe Awards.