The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards spawned a lot of outrageous moments, and luckily a staple in the entertainment industry is back to talk about them all, “Fashion Police.” The hit E! series returned after a six month hiatus and immediately hit the ground running by addressing the show’s own tumultuous year right at the top of the broadcast.
The show opened with former “Fashion Police” executive producer, now turned host, Melissa Rivers. The camera caught up with her lint-rolling the carpet of the show’s studio stage, joking that it’s been a “crazy” year around there and that she’s still “cleaning up messes.” With that, she pulled the lint-roller out from under the couch, where it had collected two clumps of hair, one purple and one red.
For those unfamiliar, the joke was an obvious reference to Kathy Griffin (red hair) and Kelly Osbourne (purple hair) who both were cast members on the show last year but quit in very public fashion in 2015. After coming on to replace the late Joan Rivers, Griffin only stayed seven episodes before abruptly bowing out due to the show going in a different “creative direction” than she was expecting. Rumors circulated that negative reviews had a lot to do with the 54-year-old comedian’s decision to exit.
Meanwhile, Kelly Osbourne left the show just before Griffin after a very public feud with remaining host Giuliana Rancic. After Rancic made comments about singer Zendya’s hair at the Oscars red carpet, many fans turned against her arguing that the remarks were racially charged, prompting Rancic to issue an apology. Among those defectors was Osbourne, who left the show after a dramatic series of tweets in which she called out both her co-host and the show at large.
“Fashion Police” returned on Aug. 31 with a new panel including Rancic, Rivers and Brad Goreski. Together, they’ll be joined each week by a couple of guests, filled by Margaret Cho and NeNe Leakes in the return episode from Monday.
Despite the subtle jab at the former “Fashion Police” hosts, it looks like it’s all smiles for at least one of them. According to People, Osbourne took the joke in stride and even tweeted a message to Rivers congratulating her on a successful return.
@MelRivers congratulations on an awesome show tonight!
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) September 1, 2015
Rivers soon responded to diffuse any possible tension with the not-so-subtle hashtag “friends,” before thanking Osbourne for some flowers she apparently sent.
— Melissa Rivers (@MelRivers) September 1, 2015
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