Comic Kathy Griffin is set to take over for the late great Joan Rivers as host of the E Channel’s Fashion Police. She promises to be her own person while keeping Rivers’ fearlessness alive.
Griffin sat down for an interview on the Today Show where she said, “[Joan] absolutely left big shoes to fill, and I’m bringing my own slippers… And yeah, as you know, Joan and I were great pals. I will continue, if nothing else, in her fearless style of taking no prisoners. But our styles were different. I’m a different human being, I’m more improvisational and I don’t know what I’m going to say and neither does anyone else on the panel.”
At least that is what Griffin told Savannah Guthrie during the talk show’s 8 AM hour. She actually stuck around for the Today Show’s second part that begins at 10 AM to talk with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.
The 54 year old comic told them, “The show is something that started out as red-carpet commentary, and then Joan really elevated it and put all of these designers on the map and then had fun with it in a way that was fearless and no-holds-barred. And I think that’s what you want to see. So I’m going to be that person. I’m going to take one for the team.”
Griffin officially takes over the hosting duties on Fashion Police next week. Her first big test will be at the upcoming Golden Globes Awards. Red carpet coverage is basically all adlibbed and it remains to be seen if celebrities will interact with Griffin in the same way that they did with Rivers.