Melissa Rivers is officially the new co-host of Fashion Police.
The 47-year-old had been rumored to be the favourite to fill the seat formerly occupied by her mother Joan, who died in September 2014.
And now her role on the programme has been officially confirmed, with E! announcing that Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski will also return for the next series.
“As an executive producer since the beginning, Melissa helped shape Fashion Police into an iconic TV series that couples fashion with comedy,” Jeff Olde, executive VP of programming and development for E! told Variety. “We are pleased to now also feature Melissa in front of the Fashion Police cameras, as she joins returning panelists Giuliana and Brad. And with the added flavor of rotating panelists, the show will deliver fresh, different and unpredictable fashion reviews with each new episode.”
And Melissa added: “I’m very excited to be given the opportunity to continue to work with my E! and ‘Fashion Police’ family.”
The new series, which will consist of six episodes, is set to premiere on August 31.
Melissa had previously been very vocal about former host Kathy Griffin’s decision to quit the show.
Comedian Kathy took over after Joan passed away, but in March she announced she was leaving because she did not “want to use [her] comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.”
And Melissa said Kathy’s comments were disrespectful to her mother’s memory.
“My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of sh *t all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving,” Melissa told the New York Post. “And I know that was not an intentional reading of it, but that’s how I felt… by calling the comedy and the style of it old-fashioned. It was like, I understand what you were doing, you’re trying to save yourself, but don’t c**p all over my mother to do it.”
Shortly before Kathy’s announcement Kelly Osbourne also left the programme. She had been upset with a comment Giuliana made about Zendaya, who was sporting dreadlocks and Giuliana remarked looked like she would “smell of patchouli oil or weed”.
– Cover Media0