10:58am PT by Erik Hayden
Kathy Griffin Named 'Fashion Police' Host
Kathy Griffin has officially been named the new host of Fashion Police.
The comedian will replace the late Joan Rivers — who passed away on Sept. 4 — when the show returns next year.
"I get it! These are some big shoes I'm going to fill. Joan was truly one of a kind," said Griffin in a statement. "Now I hope you will accept me for me. I'm just Kathy. Did I say I'm just Kathy? I meant I'm Kathy F—ing Griffin and you celebrities better strap yourself in, as I am taking no prisoners. I am not holding back so DAMMIT let's have some fun!"
“Not only was Joan a trailblazer, she was also a dear friend and mentor to Kathy, who will no doubt continue her legacy and do the series justice by bringing her own unique comedic style and tell-it-like-it-is personality to the host chair,” said Jeff Olde, E! executive vice president, programming and development.
News of Griffin's appointment was not entirely a surprise. Griffin told The Hollywood Reporter on Oct. 5 that she was in talks with E! about taking over as host of the show.
"I want to do a great job if I do it, obviously,” Griffin said at the time. “I can tell you that I hope they continue the tradition of my good friend and have someone lead the show with a fearless brand of comedy.”
Fashion Police is set to return in time for the Golden Globe awards on Jan. 12, 2015.