Melissa Rivers is making the jump from behind the scenes to in front of the camera on E!’s “Fashion Police.” Following a series of cast changes since former host Joan Rivers, mer mom, died last fall, the remaining two hosts are reportedly ready to welcome Melissa to the panel with open arms.
Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski appeared at the Cooking For Two event in Los Angeles shortly after news broke that she was joining the show. Both took a moment to talk to Us Weekly, sharing their excitement about the decision. Goreski told the publication, “I adore Melissa,” adding that he felt she was a great fit because “no one knows the show” the way she does. Rancic echoed those feelings, saying Rivers was “really aligned” with her and Goreski. She went on to say that she felt the 47-year-old would bring a fresh style of critiquing and commentary to the table.
“I think it’ll be something different. She’s not trying to be someone else, so she’s just going to try and just bring her own unique personality to the table,” she said.
It was revealed on Wednesday that Rivers would be joining “Fashion Police” as a full-time correspondent. Rivers released a statement through the network saying she was “very excited” to be able to continue working with the show in a new capacity. Rivers will be taking one of two open spots on the show left by former hosts Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin. Rather than find another permanent member of the cast, E! plans to have two celebrity guests join the show each week.
Griffin and Osbourne left the show following controversy started by comments Rancic made during E!’s 2015 Oscars coverage. The 40-year-old made a joke about actress Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlocks, saying she looked as though she would smell of patchouli oil and weed. Outraged viewers called for her firing and Osbourne demanded she issue an apology. Rancic released a statement apologizing to anyone she'd offended, specifically the 18-year-old actress, but it wasn’t enough. She quit the show in February. Griffin, who was hired as Joan Rivers’ replacement after her death, appeared in just seven episodes before announcing her departure.
Melissa spoken about Griffin leaving the show in a May interview with morning-show host Hoda Kotb, saying she felt the controversial comedienne was not “a match on a lot of levels.” She went on to say that she thought Griffin had disrespected her mother’s legacy in her statement regarding her decision to leave.
“Fashion Police” will return to E! in September.