Having been appointed as Joan Rivers' replacement, Griffin lasted just seven episodes before quitting at the end of last week.
Having unceremoniously quit ‘Fashion Police’ at the end of last week after filming just seven episodes, Kathy Griffin has said in a new interview that it was a mistake to take the job in the first place.
The 54 year old comedienne was interviewed on SiriusXM’s ‘Howard Stern Show’ on Monday, and she was quite candid about her regrets regarding the appointment to the E! show. “Well, I probably shouldn’t have taken the gig,” she said.
Kathy Griffin quit 'Fashion Police' after just seven episodes
These regrets seem to revolve around the fact that she agreed to the job in December last year, only a few months after the death of her friend, and predecessor on ‘Fashion Police’, Joan Rivers. “She just passed away six months ago,” she said.
It also didn’t help that many critics opined that she could never replace Rivers. “I get it. I never said I was Joan Rivers,” she said. “I’m just trying to be me, just trying to be Kathy Griffin, do my thing.”
Unbeknownst to those naysayers, it turns out that Rivers’ daughter Melissa was the one who persuaded Griffin to take the job in the first place. “[Melissa] is the one who called me and said, ‘You’re the only person that I feel my mom would have truly given her blessing to’,” Griffin revealed. “So that was kind of the decider.”
Griffin also made some revelations regarding Kelly Osbourne, her former ‘Fashion Police’ colleague who quit the show just two weeks before she did. She believes that Osbourne was unhappy with the show in Rivers’ absence and used the recent controversy over the Rancic / Zendaya remarks as an excuse to do something she had planned to do anyway.
“I think that Kelly has said post [i.e. after her departure] that she had four or five such great years with Joan,” explained Griffin. “To me that means, ‘You know it’s not the same as it was with Joan.’” This would seem to corroborate with recent reports suggesting the same thing.
‘Fashion Police’, despite the recent damage done to its reputation and panel of presenters, is still due to return on March 30th. However, replacements for neither Osbourne nor Griffin have been identified.
It has been suggested in some quarters that the show’s makers are considering cancelling the show altogether in the wake of Griffin’s departure.