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Kathy Griffin jumps ship, quits troubled ‘Fashion Police’ after just seven shows

Kathy Griffin attends the premiere of HBO's "Girls" fourth season at The American Museum of Natural History on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in New York.
Kathy Griffin attends the premiere of HBO's "Girls" fourth season at The American Museum of Natural History on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in New York. Invision/Associated Press

Just two weeks after Kelly Osbourne quit, “Fashion Police” host Kathy Griffin has also left, saying she just wasn’t the right fit for the style commentary show.

Oh the drama.

Griffin replaced the late Joan Rivers in January and had hosted just seven shows.

In a lengthy letter she posted to her Facebook page and on Twitter Thursday she told fans that she didn’t want to use her humor to contribute to a culture of "perfectionism" and "intolerance."

Wow. Read between those lines.

“After seven episodes of Fashion Police, I discovered that my style doesn't fit with the creative direction of the show & now it's time to move on,” Griffin wrote.

"I wish E! and the E! team only the best and I hope to continue to make you all laugh performing live or on television where I can be smart, irreverent, unrepentant and unafraid in an observational way that is candid, honest and justified. Thank you to my fans for taking this ride with me.”

Read the entire letter here.

E! confirmed Griffin’s departure in an official statement on Thursday.

"We wish her all the best and are grateful for her time on the show, as well as the many laughs that she gave us all. Fashion Police will return, as scheduled, on Monday, March 30, at 9 p.m. with our talented co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, and executive producer Melissa Rivers.

“No further information is available at this time.”

The show has been in turmoil since it’s post-Oscars show when Rancic made comments about actress Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlocks. Rancic “joked” that the hairstyle made her think that Coleman’s hair smelled of patchouli oil or weed.

Coleman and many others – including Osbourne, a friend of Coleman’s – came down hard on Rancic’s “racist” comment. Rancic quickly apologized.

But the damage had been done and Osbourne quit the show two weeks ago.

Griffin leaves just a day after a Chicago Sun-Times interview in which she talked about how hard it was to replace Rivers.

She also said she would not have told the same joke about Coleman’s hair.

“But I wouldn't have said the joke in the first place,” she said. “Some dude wrote it for (Rancic) ...

"My approach is always to go for the laugh, be as inappropriate as possible, but also change with the times. Comedy requires evolution as much as any business. My goal would be to bring the comedic sensibility of any show I enter or take over into a more modern way of thinking ... and laughing. The show wanted to do a running segment called 'Whore Score.' Um, no thanks. I think we can do better."

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