December 1, 2014 at 11:11 am #339529
Kathy Griffin Set As New ‘Fashion Police’ Host, Brad Goreski Also Joins E! Show
by Nellie Andreeva December 1, 2014 10:55am
Comedian Kathy Griffin has closed a deal with E! to succeed the late Joan Rivers as co-host of Fashion Police. Griffin will be one of two new faces to join the panel next year, along with celebrity stylist and television personality Brad Goreski who replaces original co-host George Kotsiopoulos. They will sit alongside returning panelists Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic. Also changing is the format of Fashion Police, which will no longer be a weekly program but will air 17 episodes throughout the year, focused on the biggest red carpet and fashion events of 2015 including the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, New York Fashion Week. Its first installment will air on Monday, January 12, dedicated to Golden Globes coverage.
“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,” Griffin said. “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!”
Getting Fashion Police back on its feet was one of the first priorities for longtime Bravo topper Frances Berwick who recently added E! to her purview. To do so she reached to talent from Bravo’s roster. Berwick has had a long, close and collaborative relationship with Griffin, who was a staple on Bravo for years, winning two best reality program Emmys for the long-running My Life On The D-List, shared with Berwick, who served as an executive producer. Berwick also gave Goreski his own reality series, It’s a Brad Brad World on Bravo, after he broke out on the network’s The Rachel Zoe Project.
Griffin emerged as a leading candidate to succeed Rivers immediately following the sudden death of the veteran comedian on September 4. With the blessing of Rivers’ daughter, Fashion Police executive producer Melissa Rivers, E! announced in September that Fashion Police will continue, returning with originals in January. Attention focused on Griffin, who was friends with Rivers and has a similar comedic sensibility.
“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,” said Jeff Olde, EVP, Programming and Development, E! “Plus, the addition of trendsetting stylist Brad completes the panel as the show begins its next chapter, which will focus on covering the major award shows and fashion events throughout the year.”
Fashion Police is produced by Wilshire Studios. Melissa Rivers and Lisa Bacon serve as executive producers
“Kathy just feels right, and Brad brings a fun, new voice to join Giuliana and Kelly in this ensemble,” said Rivers. “I’m excited to see where this panel takes this series my mother so adored in this next incarnation.”December 1, 2014 at 3:37 pm #339531
It’s sad to see that George is leaving but I really am glad they are keeping it going. I think the chemistry will be greatDecember 1, 2014 at 5:05 pm #339532
George leaving is a good thing in my opinion. Not sure who the guy replacing him is but I have seen him on tv at some point.December 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm #339533
He guest stared on The Comeback this seasonDecember 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm #339534
Kathy’s the best possible stand-in for Joan, so this is great news.December 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm #339536
Brad Goreski is a pretty well known fashion designer. He first became famous as Rachel Zoe’s assistant on Bravo’s “The Rachel Zoe Project” and then he left her company to start his own. He has since become prettty in-demand from what I gather. Bravo gave him his own series “It’s A Brad, Brad World” which ran one or two seasons as well.December 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm #339537
Jan. 12th first new episode for the Golden GlobesDecember 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm #339538
I agree with Atypical, Kathy Griffin really is the perfect choice for Joan’s seat.January 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm #339539
Based on the premiere episode, it’s interesting that Kathy is not nearly as dominant a presence as Joan was. No knock on Kathy — her jokes land the way one would hope they would. But it feels like she is more a member of the ensemble rather than the boss. And that may be a good thing for the show in its new incarnation. It was previously a comedy show about fashion, and now it feels more like a show about fashion with comedy.
I think the key player here is Brad who, much as I loved George, is much more articulate about what goes into creating fashion and the world of fashion in general. In fact, when he starts talking fashion with Kelly, it’s almost too inside baseball, if one could ever apply a term like that to “Fashion Police.”
The premiere had a lot on its plate with all the different styles shown on the Globes red carpet. It should be very interesting this Monday to see how the new incarnation handles a non awards-based episode.January 26, 2015 at 5:03 am #339540
I think Kathy needed to be a little bit looser. She always does this thing where she does a joke and then goes back to a very uncomfortable pose as if to say “I said it. What to you have to say about it?”. And she did that a lot. One joke… sits back on the chair and waits for someone to complain with this annoying grin on her face. And it was just one joke and over to Kelly or Brad or whatever, it didn’t flow as much as Joan’s comments and joke did.
I don’t know if somebody told her don’t joke a lot, don’t go too Joan and she just rests after one comment to not make the show about herself, but if that’s the case, then just let it flow a bit better.
But it was nice to have the show back. I don’t like Brad a lot though, I still don’t know why George left, but he was a great part of the show.February 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm #339541
Kelly Osbourne Exits ‘Fashion Police’
by Dominic Patten
February 27, 2015 3:16pm
The E! snark show is down one cop today. “Kelly Osbourne is departing E!s Fashion Police to pursue other opportunities, and we would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years, during which time the show became a hit with viewers,”said E! Entertainment today. “Fashion Police will return, as scheduled, on Friday, March 30th at 9:00 p.m. and no decisions have been made on her replacement.”
Osbourne’s departure from the show comes just days after she said online that she was contemplating leaving:
Kelly Osbourne â @KellyOsbourne Follow
I DID NOT MAKE THE WEED COMENT. I DO NOT CONDONE RACISM SO AS A RSULT OF THIS IM SEREIOULSY QUESTIONONIG STAYING ON THE SHOW!
The “weed” remark refers to fellow FPer Giulana Rancic’s comment earlier this week that Zendaya Coleman’s new dreadlocks do revealed at the Oscars probably smelled like “patchouli or weed.” Rancic apologized for what many considered her racially insensitive comments on Twitter and the next day on E! itself to the K.C. Undercover star.
An apology that the daughter of rock legend Ozzy and The Talk co-host Sharon seemed to accept on February 25.
Kelly Osbourne â @KellyOsbourne Follow
It takes a strong women to apologize & makes a forgiving women even stronger! #ThisTooShallPass
Still Osbourne obviously felt that a post-Joan Rivers FP was not the place for her anymore. Kathy Griffin and Brad Goreski remain as co-hosts of the show with Rancic.February 28, 2015 at 12:45 am #339542
Although I am happy Kelly is leaving, this isn’t the way I wanted her to go. I don’t think she makes any interesting discussions or has much of a sense in style with some of the picks she loves (and what she wears herself) but leaving over this silly little scandal is a bit ridiculous especially since she hardly had anything to do with it. Oh well. The show is only coming back for award shows and big fashion events so I guess it’ll be fine without her. I just hope this doesn’t lead more departures.February 28, 2015 at 8:51 am #339543
Hmmm. That’s disappointing news. Besides being a reality star, this looked like the one other thing that Kelly Osbourne did pretty well at. And she was laughing at Guliana’s comments about whoever this girl is. Seems like she probably wanted to leave for awhile and used this as a factor in her exit. Oh well. Best of luck to her.March 1, 2015 at 6:28 am #339544
The joke about deadlocks and weed fell flat.
Osbourne and others are simply perpuating myth to put Rancic up for chastisement for the line. She is not a comedienne. Those jokes are always scripted. Osbourne grew too self important for her designer duds.
Frankly, the whole thing made me miss Joan. I was watching a YouTube video of her recently. Johnny Carson pulled an elaborate practical joke on Rivers. He arranged for Rivers to be in a private airport lounge and unexpectedly meet then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (impersonator) who aggressively confronted Rivers for her ridicule of the royal family. Rivers endured the set up. In the interview following she laughed but strongly emphasized her rule, “Never apologize.”
Fashion Police producers and stars would do well to remember Joan.