Kathy Griffin Addresses Giuliana Rancic, Zendaya Fashion Police Drama: “I Wouldn’t Have Said the Joke”

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Kathy Griffin wouldn't have made the same joke made by Kathy Griffin 

Kathy Griffin is finally speaking out about that catastrophic Fashion Police moment between Giuliana Rancic and Zendaya Coleman. The comedian, who leads the E! show’s co-hosts, admitted to the Chicago Sun Times’ Splash magazine that she wouldn’t have made the same joke.

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The funnywoman said that although she doesn’t think it would’ve been as big of an issue if she had said the joke, she “wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place.”

Griffin, who is known for her no-holds-barred jokes, explained that her approach to comedy is to “always go for the laugh, be as inappropriate as possible, but also change with the times,” and that she never reads jokes unless she’s written them herself.

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Zendaya arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

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“Some dude wrote it for her,” Griffin explained of Rancic’s offensive comment. “Don’t have anyone write you jokes or even suggest jokes for you on Fashion Police. [Rancic has] enough great insider gossip from actually being on the red carpet. That’s what fans want to hear the next day. Just talk and be yourself.”

The comedienne, for her part, said she’ll continue to “make my Miley Cyrus jokes as long as people want to laugh at them. But there is a chasm of difference between making a joke about Miley Cyrus wearing duct tape over her nipples out in public — which I think is totally fair game — and simply looking at a photo of her on a red carpet and saying she is ugly or a bad singer or pathetic or something like that.”

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As for Kelly Osbourne’s departure, Griffin said she doesn’t know if it was over the Zendaya issue or not. “Sometimes she seemed very upset at the merely seven tapings of Fashion Police we did together,” Griffin explained. “I can tell you this: I adore that family…Kelly came to my house a couple of times when Joan was in the hospital and we were consoling each other. I can tell you there was genuine love there.” 

Following Rivers’ September 2014 death, Griffin took over her role on the show.

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