Kathy Griffin denies any scandal behind her decision to leave E!’s Fashion Police.
“It just didn’t work out. That’s it, that’s the scandal,” Kathy Griffin said during a standup show in Waterbury, Connecticut on March 13 in a video obtained by TMZ.
“However, Hollywood, of course, enjoys blowing something up,” the comedian continued.
“What’s nice is I got a really nice groundswell of support from other Twatters, um, from the Twitter. And that’s really nice.”
According to Us Weekly, Kathy Griffin expected she’d have more control over her role on the show and the nature of her jokes – being that she replaced Joan Rivers, its former doyenne.
“It just didn’t work out and I’m just surprised that people are so invested in this show, but I shouldn’t be because Joan [Rivers] was so incredible and amazing,” Kathy Griffin told the Waterbury audience.
“It just wasn’t the right fit for me. So, now I’m all over the TMZ and all that stuff and it’s kind of funny.”
Kathy Griffin announced her departure from Fashion Police in a long statement on Twitter on March 12. She made it clear that she felt her brand of comedy didn’t align with the style show.
“After 7 episodes of Fashion Police, I have discovered my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on,” she said.
Kathy Griffin also explained: “I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance toward difference. I want to help women, gay kids, people of color, and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH.”
Kathy Griffin also left as Fashion Police was under a cloud of controversy resulting from co-host Giuliana Rancic’s comments about Zendaya Coleman during the show’s Oscars episode, which many believed were racist, and a couple weeks after five-year co-host Kelly Osbourne left the show citing the desire to explore other opportunities.
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