"When I chose to step into the shoes of my beloved friend Joan Rivers at Fashion Police, I was thrilled to continue her legacy as a woman being brash and eccentric on television," she tweeted Thursday. "I am a freedom-loving female and gay rights activist who loves to find the funny in all people, attitudes, beliefs and appearances, but only when the context permits intelligent humor."
"I thought that I could bring my brand of humor to Fashion Police so beautiful people in beautiful dresses could be teased when appropriate," she continued. "I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference. I want to help women, gay kids, people of color, and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH." saying in a statement, "We can confirm that Kathy Griffin is leaving E!'s Fashion Police. 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."
Kathy's decision to leave the show comes just one day after she referenced Giuliana's now infamous "joke" about Zendaya's dreadlocks at the Oscars. "I wouldn't have said the joke in the first place. Some dude wrote it for her," she told the Chicago Sun Times' Splash Magazine, adding that she told Giuliana to "just talk and be yourself" instead of letting others write jokes for her or suggest them.
E! announced Feb. 27 that Kelly was leaving Fashion Police to "pursue other opportunities." After weeks of silence, Kelly finally spoke out about her departure on The Talk Tuesday, saying, "It was the five best working years of my life. I'm so grateful for the experience."