Never before has a set of dreadlocks met such an extended aftermath of drama. We talked yesterday about Kathy Griffin’s reaction after Giuliana Rancic mocked Zendaya Coleman’s Oscar dreadlocks on E!’s Fashion Police. This scandal has dragged on for weeks, and it’s the most interesting piece of gossip to come out of the Oscars. Everyone’s burnt out on the topic by now, and Zendaya’s completely over it too.
Kathy opened the subject again for discussion. She threw her co-worker under the bus and talked smack about her employer. Kathy confirmed how the entire show is rehearsed, and most of the jokes aren’t written by the hosts. Kathy also trashed E! for wanting to start a “wh*re score” segment. If that last part is true, E! is completely out of line. But Kathy shouldn’t have gone public with that info unless she was prepared to leave her job. Guess what? Kathy quit the show after 7 episodes. Here’s her Twitter message:
“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. I thought that I could bring my brand of humor … so that beautiful people in beautiful dresses could be teased when appropriate. My brand of humor, while unrepentant and unafraid, is all about CONTEXT. There is plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people’s bodies into it. Listen, I am no saint – I’m a feminist AND a Gurrrl who loves an offensive joke or a well-timed barb and you will find plenty in my repertoire. But I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference. I want to help women, gay kids, people of color and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH! … I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on … How’s that for #unapologetic?”
[From Kathy Griffin on Twitter]
Should we applaud Kathy for leaving? It sounds like E! got really upset about yesterday’s interview, and Kathy decided to walk without hesitation. E! issued a confirmation: “We can confirm that Kathy Griffin is leaving E!’s Fashion Police … [the show] will return, as scheduled, on March 30 with our talented co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski. No further information is available at this time.”
BAM. Kelly Osbourne left two weeks ago. Now Kathy Griffin is gone too. Michael K. at DListed has a hunch that the entire cast could be replaced by Kardashians. That wouldn’t surprise me, but really, it’s time for Fashion Police to receive a mercy killing. This show is SO over.
Here are some photos of Giuliana at the Azura awards last night.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet & WENN