The future of "Fashion Police" is in question after Joan Rivers died on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the age of 81 after complications from throat surgery. The comedian had been on life support for several days. Melissa Rivers announced her mother’s death just a couple hours after her passing at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Rivers had several comedy gigs, and one of her most well-known jobs was as the host of E!’s “Fashion Police,” which might not be able to go on without Rivers.
At press time, the network has yet to determine the future of the show. The network released the following statement: “Right now we are mourning our beloved Joan. We will respond at a later date with programming updates.”
“Fashion Police” is a weekly critique of celebrity fashion. The half hour show had announced a two week taping hiatus just hours before River’s death. E! will air “E! From Fashion Week” specials in place of the show. “Fashion Police” tweeted their condolences as well.
— E!'s Fashion Police (@e_FashionPolice) September 4, 2014
Rivers was integral to the show. Her raunchy criticisms and witty one-liners were just as important as the fashion. She had been a host on the show since 2010 when it became a weekly series. She also appeared on the series when “Fashion Police” was strictly a post-awards show special in the early millennium.
Rivers hosted the show along with Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos. Kotsiopoulos was the first to tweet a reaction to River's death.
Rest in peace @Joan_Rivers. Thank you for changing my life. I will miss you so much.
— George Kotsiopoulos (@GeorgeKotsi) September 4, 2014
Rancic and Osbourne have yet to post reactions to their friend’s passing, but both posted about their concern after Rivers was hospitalized.
— Giuliana Rancic (@GiulianaRancic) August 30, 2014
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) August 30, 2014