Kathy Griffin Leaving E!’s ‘Fashion Police’

Kathy Griffin is leaving E!’s “Fashion Police,” Variety has confirmed.

The host, who replaced the late Joan Rivers on the series, made the announcement via a lengthy Twitter statement on Thursday.

“When I chose to step into the shoes of my beloved friend Joan Rivers at ‘Fashion Police,’ I was thrilled to continue her legacy as a woman being brash and eccentric on television,” Griffin tweeted.

“After seven episodes of ‘Fashion Police,’ I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on.”

E! confirmed Griffin’s departure to Variety, stating, “We wish her all the best and are grateful for her time on the show, as well as the many laughs that she gave us all.”

Griffin’s news comes just weeks after co-host Kelly Osbourne stepped down from the show.

Osbourne’s exit followed a controversy surrounding the series’ Feb. 23 Academy Awards episode, in which panelist Giuliana Rancic made remarks about Disney star Zendaya, commenting that her dreadlocks at the Oscars probably “smells like patchouli oil” or “weed.”

Rancic’s comments, which were fiercely rebutted by Zendaya, caused a stir, as they were understood by some to be racially charged. Osbourne ranted on the subject in a series of tweets before E! announced she would be exiting “Fashion Police.”

Since then, Rancic apologized on her own Twitter and during a broadcast of “E! News.”

Griffin’s Twitter statement continued, “I thought I could bring my brand of humor to ‘Fashion Police’ 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…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.”

She added, “I wish E! and the E! team only the best. I hope to continue to make you all laugh performing live or on television where I can be smart, irreverent, unrepentant and unafraid in an observational way that is candid, honest and justified.”

Of Osbourne, the cable net said she is leaving to pursue other opportunities, adding, “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.”

“Fashion Police” returns with new episodes on March 30 with Rancic, panelist Brad Goreski and exec producer Melissa Rivers.

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