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Title card (2010–12)
|Developed by||Lisa Cutone Bacon|
|Written by||Tony Tripoli (head writer)|
|Directed by||Fred Mendes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||218|
|Running time||30 minutes (2010–12)
60 minutes (2012–present)
|Original run||September 10, 2010– present|
Fashion Police is an American television series airing on E!. The program, which debuted on September 10, 2010, features hosts Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and George Kotsiopoulos, and until her death, Joan Rivers commenting on celebrity fashions.
Guest hosts have included Khloé Kardashian, Ryan Lochte, Jay Manuel, Nicki Minaj, NeNe Leakes, Aubrey O'Day, Ali Fedotowsky, Snooki, Ciara, Chanel Iman, Melanie Brown, Tori Spelling, Zendaya, 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.
Rivers died on September 4, 2014; two weeks later, it was announced that the series will continue without her. In November 2014, it was announced that comedienne Kathy Griffin will replace Rivers as co-host, along with celebrity fashion stylist Brad Goreski, starting January 2015.
On June 8, 1933, Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known as Joan Rivers, was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1965, the booking of her guest appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a big break to Rivers's comedy career and launched her success in television. After two decades of guest starring and regular TV appearances, in 1986 Rivers received a $10 million contract for The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers on Fox Network. Rivers left Fox just a year after the show aired, claiming to have had conflicts with NBC, rather than the infuriated Johnny Carson. From there, she experienced both professional and personal setbacks. Her TV show was cancelled, ratings fell, and husband of 22 years, Edgar Rosenberg, committed suicide. Rivers moved back to New York where she relied on comedy to cope with her losses. She was even heard joking to a group of grief-stricken widows, "One, I don't live in Bosnia. Two, I never dated O.J." In 1989, she had aired her own daytime talk show, and the next year won an Emmy Award and earned her place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. By 1996, she was hosting the series, Live from the Red Carpet, on E! Network, which lead to her to the co-host position on 'Fashion Police'. Executive vice president, Jeff Olde, gave this statement in an interview, “Not only was Joan a trailblazer, she was also a dear friend and mentor to Kathy [Griffin], who will no doubt continue her legacy and do the series justice by bringing her own unique comedic style and tell-it-like-it-is personality to the host chair.” River’s special brand of critical humor and biting cleverness not only boosted ratings of Fashion Police, but also the ratings of E! News itself. Episodes typically include River’s take on a recent celebrity outfit choice, where her opinion is the dominant point of view of the show. River’s position as host of the show gives her an authority presence on fashion critique and acceptable ways to dress. Although infamous for her negative statements about other’s wardrobe, Rivers has an equal history of complimenting celebrity style as well as making fun of her own choices. On September 14, 2014, Rivers died at age 81 of cardiac arrest. On September 22, 2014, the premiere of “Joan Day” hit a record of 1.1 million viewers. Episodes of River’s best, funniest, most-watched jokes aired from 7am-7pm, including a special 90-minute commemorative episode.
Born in 1974 as Giuliana dePandi, as a young girl she moved from her hometown in Naples, Italy, to the United States. She earned a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and eventually a master's degree in journalism from American University. After several television hosting jobs, including co-host of two Miss USA pageants, her addition as the solo host to E! News in 2005 caused a 50% increase in series ratings. As co-host on Fashion Police, Rancic offers her fresh, trendy take on current fashion. She offers opinions that both support and oppose Rivers, giving a different perspective to the show. Rancic adds diversity in viewpoint and a modern, younger take on style of today’s hit celebrities. Just one year later, she announced her engagement to Bill Rancic, and they were married in September 2007. Along with her co-host position on Fashion Police, Rancic also stars in her reality TV series, Giuliana and Bill, that depicts family and career life of both spouses.
On October 27, 1984, Kelly Osbourne was born in London, England, the daughter of famous musician Ozzy Osbourne. Her early life included emotional ups and downs with her father's sobriety battles. The influence eventually took hold of her, as she was found a regular at Los Angeles nightclubs at just 15 years old. In the early 2000s, the MTV reality show The Osbournes brought Kelly and her family to the spotlight and came with both television and fashion opportunities. After the fame of the show declined, Osbourne began to slump into her father's addictions to alcohol and drugs. The worst of these dependencies were painkillers, specifically Vicodin. In 2006, she checked herself into rehab and continued battling spurts of sobriety and addiction. In 2009 she got engaged to male model Luke Worrall and that same year is well known for her addition to season 9 of Dancing with the Stars, where she took third runner-up. Osboune’s addition to Fashion Police is featured on her official website, kellyosbourne.com. Her eclectic style and unique variety of clothes offers each episode a different take on fashion. Osbourne most often disagrees with Rivers, giving the show a balanced representation of opinions.
On November 18, 1968, George Kotsiopoulos was born in Skokie, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a Bachelor's in Accountancy. His career took off as a Market Editor and Fashion Associate for the New York Times Magazine, where he launched himself into the fashion industry. After eight years there, in 2005 he co-hosted Sephora for E! Entertainment as well as made appearances on Good Morning America as a stylist consultant. In 2011, Kostiopoulos was featured in the 17th edition of OUT Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential gay men and women. He joined the cast of Fashion Police in 2010 as a regular co-host.Kostiopoulos has a mastered the niche of men’s fashion, and offers fashion advice for men and women based on a man’s point of view.
Regular segments include:
- The Five Must-See Looks of the Week, the five outfits that stood out (either by being good or bad) generally worn by Hollywood celebrities during the week in review.
- 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. Rivers 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 a Hollywood event.
- Slut Cut, in which Rivers 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. Rivers and the panelists have a paddle with "Starlet" written on one side and "Streetwalker" on the other. They then take turns guessing which of the two they think the person in the photo may be, before their identity—or lack thereof—is revealed.
- Guess Me from Behind, where the hosts guess a celebrity based solely from their behind.
- 360 Degree Glam Cam, a specialty segment during E! Entertainment's, Live from the Red Carpet. There is a dedicated platform for celebrities pose, while a camera is rotated in a full circle around them in order to capture the entirely of the celebrity wardrobe. This gives both the audience and the hosts of Fashion Police optimal coverage of the outfit. (Began in 2009)
New segments from March 9, 2012 along with an all-new hour of truth of Fashion Police:
- Look Who's Trending, 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 and 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 eight 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.
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