With E! deciding to move forward with “Fashion Police” after the death of star Joan Rivers, the network is now looking for a replacement to fill Rivers’ shoes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“An insider tells THR that a shortlist of replacements has been drawn up, with female and male comedians in the mix,” the story notes. “One name in serious contention is Kathy Griffin — though the source dismisses a Page Six report claiming Griffin, 53, campaigned for the gig while Rivers was in a coma as ‘ridiculous.’”
The piece adds: “No formal conversations have been held with anyone, however, as E! execs feel not enough time has passed since Rivers’ early September death and that Melissa — who will continue to serve as executive producer — should be involved. At this point, it’s anyone’s game. Billy Eichner, are you listening?”
Griffin, who has acknowledged Joan Rivers as an influence, has been a lightning rod for controversy and criticism with her off-the-cuff statements and at times outrageous on-air antics. Earlier this year she became only the third woman to win the Grammy for best comedy album, following Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg.