Kathy Griffin: I ‘wouldn’t have said’ Giuliana Rancic’s dreadlocks joke

Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin broke her silence on the Fashion Police controversy in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times. I still have trouble seeing Kathy as the host of the show, which deserves a cancellation. No one can ever replace Joan Rivers, and the show is floundering. They probably received a decent ratings boost from the post-Oscars controversy, but that shouldn’t last long.

In this interview, Kathy discusses the fallout after Giuliana Rancic told a tasteless joke about Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlocks. Giuliana did issue a seemingly geniuine apology, and Zendaya handled the situation with class. Only Kelly Osbourne failed to recover her composure and left the show. Here’s what Kathy had to say about the controversy:

Her role as host: “My approach to Fashion Police is consistent with my approach to my decades of being a professional comic. My approach is ALWAYS to go for the laugh, be as inappropriate as possible, but also change with the times. Comedy requires evolution as much as any business. My goal would be to bring the comedic sensibility of any show I enter or take over into a more modern way of thinking … and laughing. The show wanted to do a running segment called “Wh*re Score.” Um, no thanks. I think we can do better. Look, God knows my repertoire over all these years on TV and live touring has used some language I wouldn’t use today, but people just aren’t into that stuff anymore and I get it. Name-calling and alliteration with no comedic context is simply the lowest hanging fruit. If I’m making fun of Oprah, I don’t just scream, ‘She’s fat. G’night everybody.’ I do an impression of her hilarious voice, I quote episodes of ‘Favorite Things,’ I even tell a story of my personal experience about being on her show. I do NOT say she’s a terrible talk show host or actress. I do not say she isn’t beautiful. She BEHAVES in a way that my audiences have found amusing for years. And, God willing, Stedman and Gayle will come around.”

Would Kathy have received heat for the dreadlocks joke? “Probably not. But I wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place. Some dude wrote it for her.”

Her advice to Giuliana: “Don’t have anyone write you jokes or even suggest jokes for you on Fashion Police. You have enough great insider gossip from actually being ON the red carpet. That’s what fans want to hear the next day. Just talk and be yourself.”

[From Chicago Sun-Times – Splash]

I think Kathy’s wrong — people would have come down on her for mocking the ‘locks. She throws Giuliana to the wolves here, right? First Kathy implies that Giuliana isn’t witty enough to write her own jokes. Then Kathy says she’d never tell that joke but totally could have gotten away with it. And she offers some unsolicited (public) advice to G, who probably feels bad enough right now. People reveals that E! edited the original joke to add an “out of context” flair. Giuliana’s also fending off a fresh set of rude remarks about her weight, and I think she’s genuinely stressed over the dreadlocks fallout.

So … not cool, Kathy Griffin. (Is she serious about E! wanting to start a “wh*re score” segment for Fashion Police? Good god.)

FYI, Kelly Osbourne told Entertainment Weekly that she’s “excited” to try new things after leaving the show. The door is still open for her replacement. They could go with Khloe Kardashian, but several other names have been floated as possibilities. Chrissy Teigen, Amber Rose, NeNe Leakes are all in the mix. Amber would be an absolute mess, and she has no fashion clout. Teigen can do better (yep, I said it).

Giuliana Rancic

Kathy Griffin

Giuliana Rancic

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  1. paola says:

    All this banter around that show needs to go.
    No wait.. the show needs to go! i stopped watching it when Joan died.
    Pitching women against each other is really low and crass. No one is better than the other one. Actually it’s a bunch of cringheworthy people. Now that even Kelly realised it’s a crap show to be in (and she is not the brightest bulb in the box) do us a favor and wrap up the show.
    It needs to go. As well as Kathy’s wig.

  2. OSTONE says:

    This show is in a countdown. Me thinks is headed for cancellation.

  3. Miran says:

    No one should’ve made that joke. Even if Kathy is right she isn’t ‘witty’ enough to write that, she should have had the sense to know it shouldn’t be said.

    • homegrrrl says:

      I feel we’re reading it wrong here. Kathy said she wouldn’t have said it because someone wrote it just for G. The point is, only Joan could get away with total irreverence. What works for a grand dame becomes catty even hateful on a younger woman. The fp humor now just falls flat even controversial.

  4. Kdlaf says:

    I still cant believe this show is on the air. I remember thr good old days when E! had E! True Hollywood Story, The Soup (when it first came out) and the hilarious pop culture countdown shows (50 best celebrity feuds, etc). Now its a wasteland of so many failed shows. They had no choice but to sign that 100 million dollar deal with the Kardashians – they ARE E! now.

    • CG says:

      Like 10-12 years ago I would go to the gym right after lunch and park myself on a treadmill/bike/elliptical in front of whatever TV was playing E. The hour always went by so fast because the programming was great. You’re right, now it’s nothing but cr@p. Aside from the Oscars red carpet — and I flipped between E and ABC for that — I don’t even remember the last time I watched anything on E. Probably last year’s Oscars red carpet!

      Side note: Has Kathy Griffin gotten another nose job?

      • AG-UK says:

        Exactly I was so excited when I got cable here in London and E was on but no more I rarely watch it as it’s non stop KK and I can’t stand it/them. Even the E news, has stories of them AND they come on to guest host. I will watch reruns of Law and Order instead 🙂

      • lucy2 says:

        I kind of forgot about all that, but you’re right, they used to have some fun pop culture programming. It is such garbage now. Once the reality TV wave happened, and Seacrest got hired, they’ve gone downhill sharply.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Sad to say that stuff comes on RARELY, and always late at night. I love their countdowns, and their Hollywood stories/biographies. I only caught one or two, because they kept playing THE SAME one for a week (and it was on one of those Duck Dynasty people–the old racist one)….

  5. ava7 says:

    I would be so happy to see this show go away. Even with Joan, I always thought the show was very mean spirited. And Kelly Osborne was classless and ridiculous looking! It was insane to see her critiquing other women on their style choices! Good riddance to the Fashion Police.

    • Hautie says:

      “I always thought the show was very mean spirited….”

      I agree. And the producers lost the chance to change up the format. Let Fashion Police, be an actual show …. showing off great clothes.

      Make it a show about only showing the very best. Never again, openly mocking the unfortunate decisions. But making it clear, that being listed as one of the best dresses… a good thing. Not to be mention at all on the show… would be clear that your dress sucked. 🙂

      Or have a “Bless You Heart” feature. Where the unfortunate looking dresses get shown… but with the host only saying… “bless her heart… she really did love that lime green taffeta”. And say nothing else. (okay that would be mean… but kind of fun…)

      They could have turned it into a fun fashion show with a set of host… who know clothes. (cough*TimGunn*cough*) That can talk about the clothes without talking sh*t, about the women wearing them.

      But the show has a group of women, who have camped out on the “worst dress list” for a decade. And their bitter asses are talking sh*t about other peoples appearance. Then making horrible inappropriate jokes.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I actually disagree, the show in it’s original incarnation was about fashion, yes that can lead to a lot of nastiness but it was not about being mean spirited, it was about clothes. Then it got wrapped up in comedy with Joan and took a terrible turn with hiring Kelly Osbourne, who has less to do with fashion than the hangnail on my big toe. I tuned out long ago, long before Joan died, TBH, Kelly sucked and the relentless Kardashian infection at E! ruined the entire channel.

  6. Gabrielle says:

    This show is no where near as good as it was when Joan was on. All of the other hosts are replaceable. I do like seeing people talk about fashion in general and I like to see the clothes. I also love to watch KUWTK on E!. I would watch Fashion Police with Khloe. Don’t really care about Amber, NeNe or Chrissy.

  7. rosalie says:

    I feel so naive – I thought the verbal exchanges were their own, not “jokes” written by other people. Sure, I knew they had a staff to come up with ideas for conversation — what celebs, general idea on what to discuss, but the words and how they said them were their own.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      That surprised me too, and they rehearse as well, not just a run-through. So the whole idea of them just having a discussion about what they’re looking as is all false. Everything is planned and rehearsed ahead of time.

  8. Zigggy says:

    The show is swirling the drain.

  9. nk868 says:

    chrissy can do better but i would LOVE if she was on the show. i get that they wanted to stick with a similar dynamic – inappropriate and over the top jokes- but the difference was joan knew about fashion, and kathy is just there to try and get a laugh. it’s not a comedy show, it’s a fashion show. as much as i <3 kathy, selecting her as the host was a huge mistake. there are a ton of fashion people with the personality to pull off hosting that show.

  10. Jayna says:

    Tacky. I’m disappointed in Kathy. It’s the way she says it all. She should be standing behind her co-worker someone who was there before her. How she phrased everything came off was a public diss. You don’t do that. She could have phrased it differently without throwing G. under the buss.

    What a mess that show must be behind the scenes, everyone out for themselves as far as saving their place on the show.

  11. FingerBinger says:

    Kathy is full of it she would have made that joke. She talks smack all the time about celebrities in her stand up.

  12. Dragonlady Sakura says:

    Fashion Police is dead in the water. Without Joan Rivers, I don’t even watch anymore. I like Kathy, but she will never have the charisma Rivers had.

  13. Cindy says:

    Yeah, I guess this show really is dead. Fashion police was the only show I watched and other than that it’s nothing but kardashion crap- they really did completely take over the channel, and honestly does anyone watch the K show? Guess they must….they will never ever ever ever ever ever go away.

  14. Teri says:

    It seems that is was Kathy who added the “or weed” comment off camera and she’s not owning it. She is terrible on this show. First of all she looked like she rolled out of bed and didn’t even bother to brush her hair. She can’t deliver a line. It was like okay, I’ll say my prepared joke and then just sit here. I don’t know if Kathy knows anything about fashion, but she certainly doesn’t look like it. She’s just mean. I won’t watch the show again.

    • anne_000 says:

      Yes, from what I heard and read, it was Kathy who said “weed” in one of the three takes. So I don’t know why she’s criticizing when she joined in on the ‘joke.’

  15. India says:

    I love the show. Yes, it was much better with Joan but it is still funny with Kathy. I hope it remains.

  16. Suzanne says:

    I would watch “Fashion Police” begrudgingly because I loved seeing the fashion after awards shows – there’s something about seeing the movement of the garments that you just don’t get from pictures, you know?

    Why don’t they come up with a show that showcases all the outfits without throwing people under the bus and being a**holes? Be a trailblazer, E!, and make programming that isn’t degrading.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Seriously? Fashion and bitchy go together like rainbows and unicorns, why fight the tide? I’m not saying we have to be mean girls but being critical of fashion choices does not make me or anyone else a terrible person.

  17. JenniferJustice says:

    Kathy looks like an alien now-adays. Like, seriously, not human. If it were dark and I were alone and ran into her, I would be scared.

  18. L says:

    I want Amber Rose to get the spot just to piss off the Kardashians, even though I know she won’t. Chrissy Teigen is hilarious on twitter but idk if that would translate on television. I’d prefer Chrissy over Khloe, though.

  19. Camille (The Original) says:

    Kathy has now quit Fashion Police, this show just needs to be canceled now.