'Fashion Police' to Continue Despite Joan Rivers' Death
The program will return in 2015
E! will be continuing Fashion Police despite Joan Rivers' death earlier this month.
The program, which debuted on the NBCUniversal-owned cable network in September 2010 as a platform to critique A-listers' fashion hits and misses, will return to the network in time to cover the Golden Globes on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.
The decision to continue the franchise, which includes co-hosts Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos, was in part the result of conversations had with Joan Rivers' daughter and Fashion Police executive producer Melissa Rivers.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms. We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of Fashion Police," E! said in a statement issued Friday. "We decided, with Melissa Rivers' blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue. Fashion Police will return in 2015, commencing with Golden Globes coverage on Monday, January 12. No further details will be announced at this time."
E! set a special day-long "Joan Day" tribute Friday that includes hours of Fashion Police, which started at 7 a.m., and leading up to a new 90-minute episode, Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan, at 8 p.m., that will feature an appearance by Melissa Rivers. Included in the Fashion Police marathon are some of Rivers' best jokes, her 80th birthday celebration and the last Fashion Police she did for the MTV Video Music Awards and the Emmys.
Joan Rivers died at age 81 on Sept. 4 in New York following a throat procedure. A biography, Joan Rivers: A Life, centered on the comedienne has been scheduled for 2016 by publisher Little, Brown and Company, to be penned by Vanity Fair and New York Times journalist Leslie Bennetts.