It has been announced that Melissa Rivers is to be the new co-host of E!’s hit show, Fashion Police. She will be filling in the spot left vacant by her late mother, Joan Rivers – who sadly passed away in September last year.
Melissa will be joining regular co-hosts Giuliana Rancid and Brad Goreski on-screen, but is also set to remain as the show’s executive producer when it returns from hiatus in August. Rivers completes the line-up that was dramatically reduced when both Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin exited the show, after Rancid’s controversial comments about actress Zendaya’s dreadlocks at The Academy Awards.
Last month, during a sit-down interview with Today’s Hoda Kotb, Melissa explained how Fashion Police imploded. She said, “We were a family, cast and crew and staff… and when the matriarch dies, the sisters started fighting, and someone tried to marry in… not a great match.”
She added, “I felt like I was Humpty Dumpty, and I felt like I was on my knees gluing it back together or at least trying to find the pieces.” But mostly, Melissa was upset with Griffin – who was the newest member of the Fashion Police family, before her sudden exit. “My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of sh*t all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving.”
Fashion Police will produce six new episodes which will include two rotating celebrity guest chairs. A statement from E! noted that “with the added flavour of rotating panelists, the show will deliver fresh, different, and unpredictable fashion reviews with each new episode.”
Fashion Police will return to screens on E! in August.