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Melissa Rivers: Kathy Griffin "Sh-- All Over My Mother's Legacy"

Melissa Rivers pulled no punches talking about Griffin's abrupt departure from "Fashion Police"

Jessica Roy

Melissa Rivers isn't pulling any punches!

In a sit-down chat with Hoda Kotb at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on Wednesday, the conversation naturally turned to Fashion Police.

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Evidently, Rivers was not happy with how things shook out after Kathy Griffin replaced her mother on the show and then left two months later.

"It wasn't a match... on a lot of levels," Rivers said. "My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of sh-- all over my mother's legacy in her statement on leaving."

The show moved to return quickly after Joan Rivers' unexpected death in September of last year. By December, it had been announced that Kathy Griffin -- a longtime friend of Joan's -- would take over her spot for 17 episodes starting in January 2015.

But things quickly took a turn for the worse, and in March, Griffin posted this statement on Instagram announcing she was leaving:

Rivers said she didn't think Griffin intended to take a jab at Joan with her message, but that was her "takeaway" of it.

"By calling the comedy and the style of it 'old fashioned' ... I understand what you're doing -- you're trying to save yourself -- but don't crap all over my mother to do it," Rivers told Kotb.

According to Griffin, Joan had hand-picked the comedian to replace her before her death.

"Joan and I talked about it many times, and she joked that no matter what, I should always get 10 percent less than she got," Griffin told Us Weekly just before her casting was announced.

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