“Fashion Police” is getting a major makeover. Following the tragic death of host Joan Rivers last September and the recent departure of co-hosts Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin, E! announced that the show will be taking a break to regroup.
“E!’s comedy series ‘Fashion Police’ is going on hiatus and will return in September,” the network confirmed on Tuesday, adding that the three remaining spring episodes will be scrapped. “We look forward to taking this opportunity to refresh the show before the next awards season. Our talented co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, along with executive producer Melissa Rivers, will continue their roles as we evolve the show into its next chapter for the legions of ‘Fashion Police’ fans around the world.”
Revamping the show’s image, which was tainted by a controversial comment made by Rancic concerning starlet Zendaya Coleman’s hair, wasn’t the first idea pitched to the network regarding the future of “Fashion Police.” NBCUniversial Lifestyle Networks Group President Frances Berwick revealed during an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that initially she and the show’s executive producer considered canceling the popular series. But ultimately they weren’t willing to let the long-running and beloved franchise slip through their fingers.
"There was a lot of noise and drama that are really not helpful or additive to the creative process, but there's a real love for this show," Berwick said in acknowledgment of the nearly 1 million viewers. E! Executive VP of Original Programming Jeff Olde chimed in, revealing audiences weren’t the only ones with a passion for “Fashion Police.” Olde told the Hollywood Reporter that their phones have been ringing off the hook with reps looking to get their clients one of the two available spots on the show. "It proves what we're saying," he said, "people love 'Fashion Police.'"
Although E! is looking for replacements for Osbourne and Griffin, it was confirmed that Goreski and Rancic will remain central figures on the show despite her crude comment about Zendaya’s dreadlocks.
“It was absolutely misinterpreted, but she handled it completely appropriately,” Berwick said in Rancic’s defense. She admitted that the “Fashion Police” co-host was not to blame from the quip, which was written for her by the writing staff.
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