By Shannon Carlin
After only seven episodes, Kathy Griffin is leaving E!’s Fashion Police. But, the comedian’s reason may surprise you.
Known for having a bit of fun at other people’s expense, Griffin took to Twitter to say she thought she was being hired to critique people’s outfits, not their bodies—something she’s not willing to do.
In a tweet, Griffin wrote that she was excited to take over for her friend Joan Rivers because she wanted to continue “her legacy as a woman being brash and eccentric on TV,” but that wasn’t what it ended up being.
“I am a freedom-loving female and gay rights activist who loves to find the funny in all people, attitudes, beliefs, and appearances, but only when the context permits intelligent humor,” she wrote. “I thought that I could bring my brand of humor to Fashion Police so that beautiful people in beautiful dresses could be teased when appropriate. My brand of humor, while unrepentant and unafraid, is all about CONTEXT. There is plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people’s bodies into it.”
She then added, “I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.”
The announcement comes a day after she spoke with the Chicago-Sun Times about the show, distancing herself from recent offensive comments made by Giuliana Rancic about pop star Zendaya‘s hair by answering the question of whether or not it would have been a problem if she made the comment that it looked like it “smelled like weed.” “Probably not,” Griffin said. “But I wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place. Some dude wrote it for her.” She also told the paper she put her foot down over a segment title “Whore Score.”