After only 7 episodes on Fashion Police, Kathy Griffin is dunzo! Make room for NeNe Leakes?? Or (gasp!) Porsha Williams?? Both reality stars have been wishin’ and hopin’ and prayin’ and…thirstin‘! But no word yet on whether either would even be considered as a co-host. In the mean time, there’s two open spots on the bench.
Kathy tweetedthe announcement yesterday, saying she doesn’t want to “contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance” anymore. After replacing her personal hero and comic icon Joan Rivers (their meet-ups on Kathy’s former reality show, My Life of the D-List were EPIC!!) Kathy says she “discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show & now it’s time to move on.”
Joan Rivers, take-no-prisoners commentator on life, and a true icon passed away yesterday.
I’ve always loved Joan. I heard an NPR interview with her years ago where she described using humor and wit to pull herself up by her bootstraps after her husband’s suicide left her financially decimated and alone. It not only inspired me, it filled me with awe and had me bawling in the car. Joan never shied away from the truth – whether it was about herself or others. And it was that bravery that made her so beloved.
It’s women like Joan who have allowed me to do what I do today: have a job where I snark full-time to make people laugh, because she was one of the few who forged that path by demonstrating that women are irreverent, sarcastic, and that complaining can be therapeutic as well as entertaining. The Oscars will be sadder this year without Joan to question what celebs are wearing and what they were thinking when they put it on. I will miss her greatly.
Andy Cohen, a close friend of Joan’s who has worked with her for years, reminisced about the amazing woman he knew and shared that when she passed they were in the middle of pitching a reality show they developed together this summer.
Joan Rivers — the hilarious host of Fashion Police — recently filmed and released a comedy sketch with Ray J for her WE TV show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? — spoofing Ray J and Kim Kardashian's famous sex romp. A sex romp that happened in 2003 and was "illegally" released in 2007. A sex romp which also — I might add — made Kim Kardashian a household name and catapulted her family into superstardom. Seriously, if there had never been a sex tape, there would not have been a reality show. And it begs the question, if there had never been Keeping Up With the Kardashians — Would we even know the name Khloe Kardashian?
Poor Kris Jenner wants everyone to know she's not the evil pimp momager we think she is!
Speaking to Joan Rivers on In Bed With Joan, Krisadmits to being devastated when the news of Kim Kardashian's sex tape with then-boyfriend Ray J leaked.
"I literally fell apart," the Keeping Up With The Kardashians mom admits. “I cried myself to sleep. I don't think anything can prepare you for something like that when it comes to your daughter."
Kris said that she withdrew for a few days before deciding to be strong for Kim and her whole family. And thus the Kardashian kingdom was born. Thank goodness for serendipity I suppose… "I'm somewhat a religious person – and I keep that to myself," Kris says. Lest you forget she owns a church… "So I live a certain way and I feel a certain way and I pray for my kids everyday. I'm so in love with my family life; and that hits me, you know, up the side of the head and I literally fell apart."
Filming for the new season will begin on Monday with the premiere airing March 13th. Surprisingly missing from the cast – Housewives! NeNe Leakes previously revealed that she had no interest in returning and despite several cast members from her season joining the new season, Teresa Giudice was not on the list (although she still works with the Trump family to raise money for Nephcure).
Most surprisingly is that Omarosa Manigault is returning to reality TV – and I'm already afraid.