Less than two months (and just seven episodes) after taking over for the late Joan Rivers as host of E!’s Fashion Police, comedian Kathy Griffin announced on Thursday night that she is leaving the show. She posted the lengthy statement below on Twitter to explain her decision:
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 13, 2015
“I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference,” Griffin said, perhaps pointing to recent criticism the show has received.
Griffin’s announcement comes just a couple of weeks after her Fashion Police colleague Giuliana Rancic came under fire for making what many viewed as a racist comment towards Disney Channel star Zendaya. Rancic later issued an on-air apology, saying, “I just want everyone to know, I didn’t intend to hurt anybody. But I’ve learned it’s not my intent that matters, it’s the result, and the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not okay.”
“I wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place,” Griffin said in an interview about Rancic’s suggestion that Zendaya’s dreadlocks probably smell like “patchouli oil” or “weed.”
UPDATE — 9:05 p.m. ET: E! has confirmed the news with the following statement:
We can confirm that Kathy Griffin is leaving E!’s “Fashion Police.” We wish her all the best and are grateful for her time on the show, as well as the many laughs that she gave us all. “Fashion Police” will return, as scheduled, on Monday, March 30 at 9pm with our talented Co-Hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski and Executive Producer Melissa Rivers. No further information is available at this time.
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