"I'm very excited to be given the opportunity to continue to work with my E! and 'Fashion Police' family,” she said in a statement about the gig, where panelists critique the fashions celebrities wear to red carpet events like the Emmys and Oscars.
The new cast will comprised, stylist Brad Goreski and embattled "Fashion Police" veteran Giuliana Rancic. The three permanent hosts will be joined by two celebrity guests each week.
Jeff Olde, E! executive vice president, welcomed Rivers to the show. "We are pleased to now also feature Melissa in front of the 'Fashion Police' cameras, as she joins returning panelists Giuliana and Brad. And with the added flavor of rotating panelists, the show will deliver fresh, different and unpredictable fashion reviews with each new episode,” he said in a press release, quoted by E! News. "As an executive producer since the beginning, Melissa helped shape 'Fashion Police' into an iconic TV series that couples fashion with comedy.”
The on-air lineup fell apart after Joan Rivers died in September. Griffin was soon brought in as the new comedian-in-chief, but the hit E! series felt empty without Joan. Things took a turn for the worse when Rancic made an offensive comment about Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlocks. Kelly Osbourne, a longtime “Fashion Police” co-host, and George Kotsiopoulos quit the series.
Griffin soon followed in their footsteps. “I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference,” she said in her departure statement. “I want to help women, gay kids, people of color and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a laugh.”
For those who still want to watch, “Fashion Police” will return to on E! Aug. 31.
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