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Title Card (2010–2012)
|Written by||Tony Tripoli (head writer)|
|Directed by||Jonathan X|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||218|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original run||September 10, 2010– present|
Fashion Police is an American television program airing on E! Entertainment Television. The program, which debuted on September 10, 2010, features hosts Joan Rivers, Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos commenting on celebrity fashions.
Guest hosts have included Khloé Kardashian Odom, Ryan Lochte, Scott Disick, Jay Manuel, Nicki Minaj, NeNe Leakes, Aubrey O'Day, Ali Fedotowsky, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Ciara, Melanie Brown, Tori Spelling, Kimora Lee Simmons, Chelsea Kane, Tara Reid, Bonnie McKee, Jaime Pressly, Tiffani Thiessen, Mischa Barton, Kylie Minogue and Joan's daughter Melissa Rivers, who is also executive producer.
In 2010, the series returned to E! hosting the program running the day after events rather than airing live from the red carpet. The series became a weekly program on September 10, 2010 where they continue to discuss the dos and don'ts of celebrity fashion. The show started as a half-hour program, but expanded to one hour on March 9, 2012.
Regular segments include:
- Rack Report, in which a celebrity is guessed based solely on the amount of cleavage revealed by their outfit.
- Bitch Stole My Look, in which two or more stars are shown to have worn the same outfit on different occasions. Joan and the panelists discuss the stars in question and declare which person looked best in the outfit. Both the loser and the winner may be subject to ridicule, with the winner being chosen as the lesser of two evils.
- Busted!, in which celebrities are caught wearing the same outfit at two or more different events.
- Gotta have it!, Make it Stop!, in which new trends among celebrities are discussed deciding whether we should have them or make them stop.
- Hot Ticket, in which the panelist discuss looks by celebrities shown at the premiere of a movie or an Hollywood event.
- Slut Cut, in which Joan and the panelist dishes on celebrities choosing to cut their dresses shorter than the original runway length. (until 2010)
- Starlet or Streetwalker, in which a photograph of a person with their face obscured is presented, often the person in question will sport revealing or disheveled clothing. Joan and each of the guests has a paddle with 'Starlet' written on one side and 'Streetwalker' written on the other. The persons outfit is generally ridiculed, before Joan and each of the guests holds up their paddle to declare whether they think the person in question is a starlet or a street walker before the mystery persons identity is revealed. If they turn out to be a starlet they are ridiculed further. Any of the guests who guess incorrectly will be mocked. This segment has recently come under fire for its use of pictures of commercially sexually exploited women, and potentially underage girls, as a punch line for wealthy celebrities' fashion choices. The organization Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) has started a petition to end this segment and to call on Joan Rivers and the producers of Fashion Police to educate themselves on the realities of the sex trafficking and the commercial sex industry. Rachel Lloyd, Founder and Executive Director of GEMS, wrote an article on HuffingtonPost.com to explain how harmful and stigmatizing these kinds of segments are.
- Guess Me From Behind, where the hosts guess a celebrity based solely from their behind.
New Segments from 9 March 2012 along with an all-new hour of truth of Fashion Police:
- Look Who's Trending, is a weekly segment where the hosts talk about the latest celebrities' fashion dishes, news, and/or trends, majoritically from Twitter.
- Ad Sanity, in which the hosts guess & talk about a celebrity ad based on one thing, "What do they want to tell & sell in ad?".
- Fan Find, in which the hosts talk about one picture that is sent from the Fashion Police fans via Twitter with #FanFind.
Writer pay controversy
In early April 2013, writers for the show complained to the state of California, alleging that the network was breaking state law by not compensating them for regular wages and overtime. According to the writers, their paychecks state that they worked 8 hours each week, regardless of their actual working time. In response to the complaint, the network said "E! values our Fashion Police writers and we pay them fairly and in full legal compliance."  On April 13, the writers at the show went on strike.
- "Episodes: Fashion Police". TV Guide. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
- Fashion Police Episode Guide 2010 - Fashion Police | TVGuide.com
- Dave McNary (April 3, 2013). "'Fashion Police' Writers Allege Unpaid Wages". variety.com. Variety.
- Kurt Newman (May 1, 2013). "At the Barricades with E! Writers". Jacobin.
- Dominic Patten (April 3, 2013). "'Fashion Police' Writers Say E! Broke State Labor Laws & Owe $1M In Wages". Deadline.com.
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