Kathy Griffin has been tapped to replace the late Joan Rivers on the E! show “Fashion Police.” The comedian joked that she will get paid significantly less than the legendary Joan Rivers.
“Ironically, she and I talked about it many times,” Griffin told People magazine, revealing that she previously chatted with Rivers about the possibility of her joining the show.
“She would joke that, no matter what, I should always get 10 percent less than she got.” TMZ confirmed last week that Kathy Griffin will be Joan Rivers’ replacement on “Fashion Police.” Kathy will join Melissa Rivers, Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic.
The show will also no longer be a weekly series.
Instead, E! will airs episodes during awards shows and other occasions as event programming.
Kathy told People magazine that she put serious thought into the job before accepting.
“Obviously there is an emotional tie for me because Joan was such a good friend of mine, a close friend, truly a mentor – but also a legit friend,” she said.
“We talked about everything, and we joked about everything on the table, so it’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while and I think it’s something they’ve been thinking about too.” Griffin was offered the job after 81-year-old Joan Rivers passed away in September following a complication after surgery.
Kathy joked that she’s had experience in life prepping her for “Fashion Police.” “I have been a fashion ‘don’t’ for years!” Griffin said.
“I used to actually laminate my ‘What Was She Thinking?’ pictures and put them on my refrigerator, but they then covered the entire wall.
I am not afraid to be a ‘do’ or a ‘don’t.’ We’ll see what happens.”