The Griffin rises! Kathy Griffin has officially been announced as the new co-host of Fashion Police, filling the vacancy left by her idol, the late Joan Rivers in September.
Griffin, 54, will begin her new stint on E!’s funny style critiquing program when Fashion Police returns in early 2015. Joining Griffin on the show is another former Bravo-lebrity, who replaces the outgoing co-host George Kotsiopoulos: Brad Goreski, who catapulted to fame as Rachel Zoe’s assistant on The Rachel Zoe Project and later, his own spin-off, It’s a Brad, Brad World, will fill the final seat.
The two will join Fashion Police veterans Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne on the series, which will no longer air on a weekly basis. Instead, Fashion Police will only air 17 episodes throughout 2015, coinciding with the biggest fashion-focused events of the year including the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and more.
“I get it! These are some big shoes I’m going to fill,” Griffin said in the statement released Monday, Dec. 1. “Joan was truly one of a kind. Now I hope you will accept me for me. I’m just Kathy. Did I say I’m just Kathy? I meant I’m Kathy F—ing Griffin and you celebrities better strap yourself in, as I am taking no prisoners. I am not holding back so DAMMIT let’s have some fun!”
The comedienne, who captivated viewers on her hilarious show, My Life On The D-List, received blessing from Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers to fill her late mother’s seat. “Kathy just feels right, and Brad brings a fun, new voice to join Giuliana and Kelly in this ensemble,” Melissa, the Executive Producer of Fashion Police, said in the same statement.
“I’m excited to see where this panel takes this series my mother so adored in this next incarnation.”
Us Weekly previously reported that the late Joan Rivers wanted Griffin to be her successor. “Joan has always given her blessing to Kathy,” an insider told Us. “They talked about it many times. They have such a similar sense of humor and were the best of friends. Joan would have loved seeing Kathy on Fashion Police and she would have definitely approved.”
Rivers passed away on Sept. 4, after complications from an unplanned throat procedure in NYC on Aug. 28.
On Sunday, Nov. 30, Griffin hinted at the big news on Twitter.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 30, 2014
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