“Fashion Police” fans will have to wait now until September to see how the show rebounds from the Zendaya Coleman controversy and the subsequent departures of Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin.
The E! network announced in a statement late Tuesday that the show is going on hiatus until September – if it comes back at all.
New episodes were supposed to begin airing on March 30.
“We look forward to taking this opportunity to refresh the show before the next awards season,” the statement said. “Our talented co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, along with executive producer Melissa Rivers, will continue their roles as we evolve the show into its next chapter for the legions of Fashion Police fans around the world.”
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The show that the late Joan Rivers put on the map is but a shell of itself. The troubles began with its Oscars episode show in February when Rancic made widely criticized comments about actress Zendaya Coleman’s hair. (She said that Coleman’s dreadlocks looked like they would smell of “patchouli” or “weed.”)
Osbourne, a friend of Coleman’s, quit the show in the aftermath. Griffin, who was hired to replace Rivers but had only filmed seven shows, resigned last week saying she wasn’t a right fit for the show.
“With the benefit of hindsight, we definitely brought it back too soon,” Frances Berwick, president of NBCUniversal’s lifestyle networks, tells The Hollywood Reporter.