At this point Fashion Police is like The View, it’s a revolving door of panelists, on a show which thrives on controversy, using a format which seems slightly outdated. Since Joan Rivers passed in September, 2014, the show has failed to find its footing. Instead of receiving a much needed reboot it kind of struggled along, with Kathy Griffin joining earlier this year and quitting after seven episodes, saying that it felt like “a dog pile” and was too mean, essentially. Kelly Osbourne quit shortly before Kathy did, citing the big controversy over Giuliana Rancic mocking Zendaya’s dreadlocks, although I don’t think people cared much that Kelly was leaving.
Following Kathy’s departure, the show went on hiatus for a few months. It returned this fall, with Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, on the panel along with Brad Goreski, who’s been on since earlier this year, and Giuliana Rancic, who has been on FP since it started in 2010. They’ve tried out other guest panelists including comedian Margaret Cho, and it turns out that Cho has been selected to join the show on a more permanent basis. Cho will be on starting January 11, when they critique the Golden Globes.
Margaret Cho is joining E!’s “Fashion Police” as when the show returns in 2016. Before her permanent “special co-host” gig, Cho had appeared as a celebrity guest on the fashion gab-fest…
With Cho on board, the “Fashion Police” panel is complete with the return of Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski and Melissa Rivers. Each episode, the foursome will be joined by a celebrity guest, as had been implemented in the latter half of this year, following Griffin and Osbourne’s departures.
After the talent shuffle had passed, Rancic spoke to Variety about the show’s evolution since Rivers’ passing. “Melissa is a natural fit and did an incredible job of moderating the show and also bringing the funny,” Rancic said. “You can instantly see she’s her mother’s daughter. I am so impressed by Melissa’s performance and am confident Joan is smiling down on her and so proud of how terrific she is as the new co-host.”
Though the longtime “E! News” anchor is no longer at the helm of the nightly entertainment news show, Rancic continues to host E! “Live From the Red Carpet” award show specials, in addition to working on “Fashion Police.” For the Golden Globes on Jan. 10, she will co-host with Ryan Seacrest. As for “E! News,” Rancic’s former co-anchor Terrence Jenkins just announced this week that he would be leaving the show, effective immediately.
Aside from their on-camera hosting duties, Rivers is an exec producer on “Fashion Police” and Rancic is a consulting producer.
Cho is heading into a busy 2016, as Amazon just announced this week the development of an hourlong pot-centric dramedy centering around the comedian, titled “Highland.”
“Fashion Police” returns with Golden Globes coverage on Jan. 11, the day after the award show.
I guess they don’t have to worry about Margaret objecting to the jokes being too rude or whatever, she’s been rather controversial in some of her jokes and performances. She even joked about the Zendaya controversy during her appearance on Fashion Police in September. Margaret won’t try to switch things at all and that’s what they want.
Just like Kelly Osbourne however, I’ve seen some of the crap Margaret wears and I question whether she’s qualified to comment on other people’s fashion in any capacity.