During an event in New York City last night, executive producer Melissa Rivers sat down with Hoda Kotb and while the conversation was supposed to be about Melissa's new book about her mother,
"It wasn't a match on a lot of levels," she started, obviously trying to be diplomatic about the subject. Then, she couldn't keep it in anymore. "My biggest complaint was that she kind of s**t all over my mother's legacy in her statement on leaving. And I know that was not an intentional reading of it, but that's how I felt."
"I understand what you're doing, you're trying to save yourself, but don't crap all over my mother," she continued.
You can read Kathy's full statement from her exit here, but this excerpt that might help explain what Melissa was talking about.
Kathy was asked what she thought of Melissa's comment and she had no comment. Hopefully they can just agree to disagree and put this all behind them. The last thing we'd want is for this to turn into a feud.
I thought that I could bring my brand of humor to Fashion Police so that beautiful people in beautiful dresses could be teased when appropriate. My brand of humor, while unrepentant and unafraid, is all about CONTEXT. There is plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people's bodies into it. Again people ... context! Listen, I'm no saint – I'm a feminist AND a Gurrrrl who loves an offensive joke or a well-timed barb and you will find plenty in my repertoire. But I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.