Shortly after longtime co-host Kelly Osbourne and not-so-longtime co-host Kathy Griffin announced their departures from Fashion Police, E! has announced that the series is on a hiatus until September.
“We look forward to taking this opportunity to refresh the show before the next awards season,” the network announced in a statement on Tuesday. “Our talented co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, along with executive producer Melissa Rivers, will continue their roles as we evolve the show into its next chapter for the legions of Fashion Police fans around the world.”
The decision comes almost two months after Rancic came under fire for insensitive comments she made about singer Zendaya’s dreadlocked hair at the Oscars. Rancic’s on-air apology wasn’t enough to keep Osbourne from leaving the show at the end of February. Griffin followed suit last week, and in a statement on Twitter wrote that she didn’t want to endorse a “culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.”
“When I chose to step into the shoes of my beloved friend Joan Rivers at Fashion Police, I was thrilled to continue her legacy as a woman being brash and eccentric on television,” she wrote. “Listen, I’m no saint – I’m a feminist AND a Gurrrrl who loves an offensive joke or a well-timed barb and you will find plenty in my repertoire. But I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference. I want to help women, gay kids, people of color and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH!”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network will scrap the three remaining episodes scheduled to shoot this spring, and when it returns in September, it will do so with “six or seven episodes tied to major events,” like the Emmys.
E! has not announced replacements for Osbourne or Griffin.