Kathy Griffin quits Fashion Police

By admin
13 March 2015

Kathy Griffin is leaving Fashion Police.

The 54-year-old comedienne made the shock announcement on her Twitter page on Thursday night.

It comes after controversy surrounding her co-host Giuliana Rancic’s comment that Zendaya’s dreadlocked hair at the Oscars made her look like she smelled of “patchouli oil or weed”.

While Kathy did not directly comment on the scandal in a lengthy statement explaining her departure, she did however make veiled references to the incident.

'I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show & now it's time to move on'

“When I chose to step into the shoes of my beloved Joan Rivers at Fashion Police, I was thrilled to continue her legacy as a woman being brash and eccentric on television,” Kathy wrote. “I am a freedom-loving female and gay rights activist who loves to find the funny in all people, attitudes, beliefs, and appearances, but only when the context permits intelligent humor. I thought I could bring my brand of humor to Fashion Police so that beautiful people in beautiful dresses could be teased when appropriate. My brand of humor, while unrepentant and unafraid, is all about CONTEXT. There is plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people's bodies into it. Again people... context!” Kathy continued her statement to add that while she “loves an offensive joke or well-timed barb” she doesn’t want “to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference”. She concluded: “After 7 episodes of Fashion Police, I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show & now it's time to move on. I wish E! and the E! team only the best and I hope to continue to make you all laugh performing live or on television where I can be smart, irreverent, unrepentant and unafraid in an observational way that is candid, honest and justified.”

Kathy’s exit from the show comes after Kelly Osbourne also quit the programme following Giuliana’s comments.

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