'Fashion Police' Narrows Search for Joan Rivers' Replacement

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Kathy Griffin is among the names in serious contention

This story first appeared in the Oct. 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

The show will go on without Joan Rivers.

That's according to Melissa Rivers, who offered her blessing during Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan, E!'s Sept. 19 tribute to the late comic that lured a record 1.1 million viewers. Police will return for the Golden Globes on Jan. 12, giving the network three months to find someone to fill Rivers' huge (actually size 6½) shoes.

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An insider tells THR that a shortlist of replacements has been drawn up, with female and male comedians in the mix. One name in serious contention is Kathy Griffin — though the source dismisses a Page Six report claiming Griffin, 53, campaigned for the gig while Rivers was in a coma as "ridiculous." No formal conversations have been held with anyone, however, as E! execs feel not enough time has passed since Rivers' early September death and that Melissa — who will continue to serve as executive producer — should be involved. At this point, it's anyone's game. Billy Eichner, are you listening?

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