Melissa Rivers on E!’s Fashion Police cancellation: Not my decision


Cape Town – With the series finale of the iconic Fashion Police that will be broadcast tonight on E! Entertainment (DStv 124) at 20:00 with a special farewell episode, Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa said the show's cancellation wasn't her decision.

E! announced the cancellation of Fashion Police last month that is ending tonight with a look-back special filled with memorable clips, entitled "Fashion Police - The Farewell".

Fashion Police started on E! 20 years ago – then called Fashion Review – but the latest iteration began in 2010 as a weekly show and then as a series of special episodes after big Hollywood award shows after the death of Joan Rivers and a reconstituted panel.

It was Joan Rivers who originally coined the term "Who you wearing?" and she literally invented the modern version of red carpet coverage in 1995 as she ran alongside the red carpet at award shows and thrust mics into celebrities' faces while making on-the-spot hilarious comments about their clothes.

Tonight's series finale is filled with clips looking back at some of the funniest comments of Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Giuliana Rancic, George Kotsiopoulos, Kelly Osbourne, NeNe Leakes, Margaret Cho and Brad Goreski who were all part of the Fashion Police panel over the years. 

It will also incorporate clips from an unaired episode featuring Joan Rivers and the panelists paying tribute to 80's fashions with Joan in her full-on, breath-taking, caustic, classic and shockingly hilarious "Joan" mode.

Joan Rivers for instance rips into Joan Collins wearing a puffy pink dress, saying: "'If I wanted to see something old and pink with white fur around it, then I'd just get naked and look down".

The farewell episode will also highlight the show’s most memorable segments, including “Bitch Stole My Look,” “Guess Me From Behind” and “Starlet or Streetwalker”.

Also included is an extended montage of the celebrity guests that had visited the show over the years with a dazzling array of top Hollywood stars who came because it was Joan who asked.

Asked why Fashion Police is ending, Melissa Rivers told Wendy Williams on The Wendy Williams Show that "It makes me sad. Not my decision. But I have to say, what show stays on for 22 years?"

"It's very bitter-sweet. I'm so grateful to E! and NBCUniversal for believing in me after my mom passed and letting the show have another three years," said Melissa who was also an executive producer of the show before she also took over the hosting duties in 2015 after Joan Rivers' unexpected death.

Watch the interview here:

The final Fashion Police episode entitled "Fashion Police - The Farewell", will be broadcast on E! Entertainment (DStv 124) in South Africa and across Africa tonight, Wednesday 29 November, at 20:00 with a rebroadcast at 23:40.


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