Kathy Griffin has been officially named as Joan River's replacement on Fashion Police, E! announced Monday.
Additionally, Brad Goreski will join the panel that includes Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic. Goreski presumably will replace former co-host George Kotsiopoulos, who was not mentioned in the announcement.
"Not only was Joan a trailblazer, she was also a dear friend and mentor to Kathy, who will no doubt continue her legacy and do the series justice by bringing her own unique comedic style and tell-it-like-it-is personality to the host chair," E!'s Executive Vice President of Programming and Development Jeff Olde said in a statement. "Plus, the addition of trendsetting stylist Brad completes the panel as the show begins its next chapter, which will focus on covering the major award shows and fashion events throughout the year." Added Melissa Rivers: "Kathy just feels right, and Brad brings a fun, new voice to join Giuliana and Kelly in this ensemble. I'm excited to see where this panel takes this series my mother so adored in this next incarnation."
Since Rivers' death in September, Griffin has been the obvious choice to join the series. At the time, Griffin says she wasn't sure the timing was right."I get it! These are some big shoes I'm going to fill," Griffin said in Monday's press release. "Joan was truly one of a kind. Now I hope you will accept me for me. I'm just Kathy. Did I say I'm just Kathy? I meant I'm Kathy F***ing Griffin and you celebrities better strap yourself in, as I am taking no prisoners. I am not holding back so DAMMIT let's have some fun!"
Fashion Police returns Monday, January 12 with Golden Globes coverage.
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