One of the late Joan Rivers’ biggest TV legacies ends Monday night — when “Fashion Police” wraps its seven-year run on E!
“It was the network’s decision,” Rivers’ daughter, Melissa Rivers, says about the show’s cancellation three years after Joan’s death at the age of 81. “Obviously I was not thrilled with it,” says Rivers, the show’s executive producer and co-host (starting in 2015). “But when you step back and look at it … it’s really hard to just be down [about it]. I’m so proud of ‘Fashion Police’ and that it’s a part of my family’s legacy.”
“Fashion Police” — which grew out of Joan Rivers’ segments on “Live from the Red Carpet” starting in 1996 — was ostensibly a show about celebrities and red carpet looks, but it was really a platform for Rivers’ trademark acerbic wit. She co-created the show, which went on a brief hiatus after her death in September 2014. When it returned, Melissa — who had been an executive producer since the beginning — then stepped in front of the camera to co-host.
(Kathy Griffin joined the show in 2015 — then left after only seven episodes, saying her style “did not fit well” with the show’s format.)
“Fashion Police” originally featured Joan Rivers and co-panelists such as George Kotsiopoulis, Giuliana Rancic, and Kelly Osbourne commenting on celebrity fashion at awards shows (regular segments included “Slut Cut,” “Starlet or Streetwalker” and “Hot Ticket”). They were frequently joined by celebrity guests, including Nicki Minaj, as they mercilessly dug into red carpet hits and misses. “Look — some people will do anything not to have to talk to Ryan Seacrest,” Joan snarked when Lady Gaga arrived at the 2011 Grammys encased in a large egg.
In another memorable instance, the “Fashion Police” co-hosts praised Matthew McConaughey’s silver-suited red carpet look during a “Hollywood Man Candy” segment. Rivers’ comment? “He looks like a rectal thermometer.”
“It was fun,” Melissa says about the show. “It was what you were talking about with your friends while you were watching. It was the room you wanted to be in watching the awards shows — and we were able to bring that feeling to life.”
Melissa says that her mother would also be upset about the show’s cancellation. “She loved that show and loved being a part of it. Our tape days, no matter what was going on in the office or in anyone else’s lives, the two hours that we walked on set every week and got to tape that show was just so much fun,” she says. “Everyone walked away happy and laughing. I think my mother would be sad to lose that — to not have that guaranteed two hours of good time once a week.”
The “Fashion Police” series finale, called “Fashion Police: The Farewell,” will include never-before-seen footage of Joan Rivers from a 1980s-themed episode. “The clips that we show are very funny,” Melissa says about the finale. “We had an evergreen show that we had banked right before my mother passed. It was a throwback to the ’80s — we show pictures of celebrities from the ’80s and they were talking about them.
“I’m sad,” she says, “but how sad can I possibly be when it’s a product that’s been around for 22 years that I am so incredibly proud of?”
Source : https://nypost.com/2017/11/24/the-dish-on-the-fashion-police-finale/