E! network has confirmed that comedienne Kathy Griffin will serve as the new host of “Fashion Police”, filling the void left by the late Joan Rivers.
“Fashion Police” will welcome back panelists Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic, who will be joined by newcomer Brad Goreski, a fashion stylist and lifestyle expert. He will be replacing co-host George Kotsiopoulos.
Giuliana welcomed her new co-stars to the show, while Brad tweeted his excitement!
“Fashion Police” has been off the air since Rivers’ sudden death in September at the age of 81 after complications from throat surgery.
Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers, who is also the executive producer of the show, said Kathy’s appointment “just feels right.”
Melissa told E!, “I’m excited to see where this panel takes this series my mother so adored in this next incarnation. Brad brings a fun, new voice to join Giuliana and Kelly in this ensemble.”
Kathy, 54, warned everyone that they could be in for a rough ride. Kathy stated, “I get it! These are some big shoes I’m going to fill. 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!”
Griffin has previously appeared on the show as a guest panelist, revealing that she and Joan had even joked about her taking her job.
Kathy revealed, “Ironically, she and I talked about it many times. She would joke that, no matter what, I should always get 10 percent less than she got. It’s definitely something that I’ve put a lot of thought into”.
Kathy adds, “Obviously there is an emotional tie for me because Joan was such a good friend of mine, a close friend, truly a mentor – but also a legit friend. We talked about everything, and we joked about everything on the table, so it’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while.”
Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, E! said in a statement, “Not only was Joan a trailblazer, she was also a dear friend and mentor to Kathy, who will no doubt continue her legacy and do the series justice by bringing her own unique comedic style and tell-it-like-it-is personality to the host chair.”
The show will air the day after next year’s Golden Globe awards which takes place on January 11 2015.
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