It’s the end of a very fashionable era.
After seven seasons, E! is closing the curtain on Fashion Police, its glitzy—and hilarious—look at red carpet style. Hosted by late comic legend Joan Rivers until her death in 2014, the show sprung from the pioneering red carpet reporting Joan and her daughter, Melissa, started in 1995. The show originally featured Joan, Melissa, E! host Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and stylist George Kotsiopoulos. Always with an eye on design and a sense of playful irreverence (like the “Bitch Stole My Look” segment), Fashion Police has long been a staple of the E! lineup.
Since Rivers’ death, though, the show has undergone a series of casting shake-ups and enough drama to rival even a peak Bjork awards show outfit. Comedian Kathy Griffin hosted for seven episodes a few months following Joan’s passing and departed amidst not-so-great reviews. Osbourne then quit after Rancic made a negative comment on air about actress Zendaya’s hair, and in the ensuing controversy, it appeared there had been no love lost between Osbourne and Rancic for some time.
In recent years, Melissa took over the hosting reins of Fashion Police, with co-hosts Rancic, stylist Brad Goreski, Real Housewives alum NeNe Leakes, and comedian Margaret Cho. Still, minus Joan, it was missing that special something. According to Gary Snegaroff of Wilshire Studios (which produces Fashion Police), “What’s been consistent through all the years has been a love of fashion, and that started with Joan. The only thing she loved more than fashion was getting a laugh, so this combined her two loves. She always felt that fashion was something to be discussed, not to be taken too seriously, and that’s the show we put together.”
The final episode, set to air on E! in November, will be a mix of tributes to Joan and a look back at classic moments from the show. Parts of an unaired episode will also be played. Melissa echoed Snegaroff in her take on the show winding down: “I am so proud to have been a part of this show and am so proud that it’s part of my mother’s legacy. It really changed, along with the red carpets, awards-show programming and fashion.”
Fashion Police’s last episode will air November 27 on E! Until then, YouTube has some great clips, including the panel's take on Lady Gaga and the egg: