Well this is some interesting news: According to rumors, E! may cancel Fashion Police, aka, the IRL rendition of a fashion burn book. The New York Daily News reports that after the swift departures of Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin following Giuliana Rancic’s willfully ignorant comments about Zendaya Coleman, E! is considering pulling the show altogether.
“Although the network released a statement saying the show will ‘return as scheduled on Monday, March 30, at 9 p.m.,’ we hear there may not be much patience left for the struggling series” after Kathy Griffin’s exit, the Daily News reports. In an interview with the Chicago Sun Times times, Griffin chastised the show’s mean-spirited approach and noted that viewers would likely rather hear red carpet gossip than simply watch people criticizing the clothes and bodies of people they admire.
“[A]s it is my living, passion, and vocation, here’s the best I can give you: I will make my Miley Cyrus jokes as long as people want to laugh at them,” she told the Sun Times shortly before leaving the show. “But there is a chasm of difference between making a joke about Miley Cyrus wearing duct tape over her nipples out in public (which I think is totally fair game) and simply looking at a photo of her on a red carpet and saying she is ugly or a bad singer or pathetic or something like that.”
Both Griffin and Osbourne received public support from fellow celebrities, among them Lena Dunham who remarked, “Congrats to my beautiful friend Kathy Griffin for bravely saying enough is enough to intolerance of all kinds on television.”
Intolerance may not be as appropriate as “ignorant” in this particular instance. As Griffin disclosed in her interview, the offensive Zendaya Coleman joke uttered by Rancic was actually written by “some dude.” But Rancic’s decision to execute that commentary on television for the ears of a national audience was her own, and that in itself is problematic. The show is a loose canon of mindless Mean Girls commentary, as evidenced by Griffin’s disclosure that the show had pitched a recurring segment called “Whore Score.” That information should be enough of a final nail in the show’s coffin to have it dispelled.