Published On: Thu, May 14th, 2015

Melissa Rivers: Kathy Griffin Shit on My Mother’s Legacy

Talk about a cat fight.


Kathy Griffin + Joan Rivers

Daughter of the late great comedian Joan and television host in her own right, Melissa Rivers, has finally spoken out about the demise of her mother’s television show “The Fashion Police.” The E! Network cancelled it roughly six months after the death of Joan Rivers.

She put the blame squarely on the shoulders of her mother’s replacement on the show, Kathy Griffin.

The 47 year old actress told the New York Post’s Hoda Kotb, “My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of shit all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving. 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.”

She added, “We were a family, cast and crew . . . and we went back too soon. And just like a family, when the matriarch dies, the sisters started fighting; and someone tried to marry in — not a great match, live and learn. ‘Fashion Police’ was a little jewel and it was the last piece I had of my mother . . . I felt like all these people were so out of control, including the person who made the allegation about racism. They took the last thing I had and smashed it.”

When Griffin quit the show back in March she stated, “I thought that I could bring my brand of humor to Fashion Police so that beautiful people in beautiful dresses could be teased when appropriate. But I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.

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