Now that the red carpet has been rolled up on the 2015 awards season, one of the fashion industry’s key players is hanging up her microphone for good. “Fashion Police” star Kelly Osbourne will leave the E! TV show, effective immediately, the network announced.
E! Online confirmed the news with a statement to fans on Friday saying: “Kelly Osbourne is departing E!s 'Fashion Police' to pursue other opportunities, and we would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years, during which time the show became a hit with viewers. 'Fashion Police' will return, as scheduled, on Monday, March 30, at 9 p.m. and no decisions have been made on her replacement."
The show has been going through some rough times as of late. After the death of founding host Joan Rivers in September, “Fashion Police” was forced to find a new panelist and selected Kathy Griffin. The show indirectly sparked the “Ask Her More” social media campaign demanding red carpet reporters ask the women of Hollywood better questions and do away with silly stunts like E!’s “mani-cam.” However, what seems to be the real catalyst for Osbourne leaving are the recent comments made by co-star Giuliana Rancic.
While recapping the fashion of the Oscars red carpet, Rancic made a comment about 18-year-old pop star Zendaya’s dreadlocks at the event saying they reminded her of the smell of “patchouli” and “weed.”
Initially, many thought Osbourne made the comment, which led the already vocal Twitter user to set the record straight on social media. She even went as far as to threaten to quit the show unless the situation was rectified. Soon after, Rancic made a very genuine and heartfelt apology to Zendaya, which she accepted – but it seems like that wasn’t enough to make the lavender-haired fashion expert stick with the show.
According to TMZ, the writing has been on the wall for Osbourne’s exit since the show’s return without Rivers. She reportedly wasn’t happy with the way the show was being produced and sources told the outlet that those behind the scenes were “up to here” with her as well.
As of now, there is no word on who will replace Osbourne on the show. Producer, and daughter of the late founding host, Melissa Rivers confirmed in a statement that Osbourne’s departure will not send the show into a hiatus like it went through when it had to replace Joan Rivers.
“Kelly Osbourne is a friend and has been a wonderful part of the ‘Fashion Police’ family. I will miss her terribly and wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors,” Melissa Rivers wrote on WhoSay. “As my mother always said, the show must go on and I plan to continue in the same spirit.”
“Fashion Police” will return on March 30, as scheduled.