10:08am PT by Michael O'Connell
E! Finally Retires 'Fashion Police'
In a world that's become increasingly fatigued with aesthetic criticism and "Who are you wearing?," E! has decided to put the final nail in Fashion Police's coffin.
The venerable red-carpet panel, originally a vehicle for the late Joan Rivers and her notoriously sharp sartorial hot takes, had struggled for relevance in the three years since Rivers' death. The talent roster fluctuated, ratings struggled and the series' cheers and jeers on what actresses chose to wear to award shows ultimately did not seem to fit in the #AskHerMore culture.
In the end, Fashion Police was shepherded by Joan's daughter Melissa Rivers, as well as Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, NeNe Leakes and Margaret Cho. “Thank you to E! for having the vision to see the potential of Fashion Police, which changed both the entertainment and fashion industries,” said Melissa Rivers. “I am truly proud to be part of this legacy.”
After Joan's death, Fashion Police made headlines with a string of PR stumbles. Kathy Griffin made an acrimonious departure after just seven episodes as the much-hyped Rivers replacement. And Rancic had to make a public apology for her 2015 criticism of then-18-year-old Zendaya and her choice to wear her hair in dreadlocks to the Oscars.
“Fashion Police has been a red-carpet mainstay for over two decades that has been emulated across the entertainment landscape,” E! president Adam Stotsky said Wednesday in a statement. “Joan’s beloved no-holds-barred style fueled the franchise’s clever approach to fashion and comedy, and we are incredibly proud of its long-running success. We are also especially grateful to Melissa, as well as Giuliana, Brad, Nene, Margaret and the entire Fashion Police team, who have continued to deliver the laughs and make this iconic franchise truly one of a kind.”
A Nov. 27 special, Fashion Police: The Farewell, will pay tribute to the late Rivers with previously unaired footage of the iconic comedian. E!'s regular red-carpet coverage, which has continued to thrive, will be unaffected by the end of Fashion Police.