Cindy Adams, in her Page Six column at the New York Post makes no bones about the fact that not only is the world of fashion, comedy and entertainment much poorer without Joan Rivers, but Fashion Police is turning out to be one of the “worst dressed” shows. With news that Kelly Osbourne is retiring, it is likely to fare even worse, and reach to the depth of phoney-ness at one extreme and mere cat fighting at the other.
With Joan Rivers gone, Kelly Osbourne quitting, and Kathy Griffin seeming to want Joan’s daughter Melissa to depart from the show, the program resembles old-time reality show Survivor, but with the best picked off before their prime or thrown overboard and the mediocre left standing.
Cindy Adams thinks Fashion Police will lose its edginess and therefore, its edge and will likely decline into something resembling banal Oscar interviews with remarks like “What are you wearing?” “You are incredible!” “Hosts with such grins, ” writes Adams, “that you can see their dentures.”
Adams is candid about an “icky factor” in Fashion Police, and somewhat resembles a wise woman in film revealing to visitors an ancient curse. Apparently, Kathy Griffin tried to grab Joan Rivers’ place while she was still on life support. Adams writes, “I know. I was right there in the hospital holding my friend forever’s hand … Nobody will confirm this, so don’t try. Everybody’s smiles are so tight, they don’t need Botox, but take my word. Kathy actually bitched to Melissa, ‘They won’t give me Joan’s money.’ Happens Joan didn’t get Joan’s money the first years either.”