After debating whether or not to replace her good friend Joan Rivers on Fashion Police, comedian Kathy Griffin has decided to quit the show.
“I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on,” Griffin said on Twitter. “When I chose to step into the shoes of my beloved Joan Rivers…I was thrilled to continue her legacy as a woman being brash and eccentric on television. I am a freedom-loving female and gay rights activist who loves to find the funny in all people, attitudes, beliefs, and appearances, but only when the context permits intelligent humor. My brand of humor, while unrepentant and unafraid, is all about CONTEXT…Listen, I am no saint…But I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.”
Osbourne decided to leave the show after co-host Giuliana Rancic said Disney star Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlocks at the Oscars made her look like she smelled of “patchouli and weed.”
Osbourne tweeted her support to Griffin, saying “I could not be more proud of you @kathygriffin you have my love and support always!”
Griffin also received support from many others on Twitter, including Jane Lynch, Lena Dunham, Kristin Chenoweth, Aubrey Plaza, Chelsea Handler, Rosie O’Donnell, and Wendy Williams.
Some, however, called the move hypocritical.
“Kathy Griffin’s quit Fashion Police because she doesn’t like their mean humour? Ironically, one of the few times she’s ever made me laugh,” Mail Online Editor-at-large Piers Morgan tweeted. “This is the same Kathy Griffin whose whole career has been predicated on b——ing about people and being mean, right? #HypocritePolice”
NBCUniversal Lifestyle Networks Group president Frances Bewick said it’s unlikely the show will be cancelled.
“To the extent that this has all gotten very intense and serious – it’s meant to be fun,” Bewick said. “When it stops being fun or if we think that we’re offending or crossing a line, absolutely, that’s the time to re-evaluate and that’s what we’re doing.”