After turbulent times at Fashion Police following the September passing of Joan Rivers, it looks like the seas are finally settling. Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, is set to join the show and will be taping her first episodes at the end of August.
“Melissa’s going on. The idea actually came from her, [and] the bosses like it,” a source told the New York Daily News. “It’ll be a tribute to her mom, and Melissa’s the one who understands how it’s done. She can pull it off.”
Melissa is set to record six episodes, with no official word on when the shows will start airing. In lieu of permanent cohosts, different celebrities will sit alongside Rivers on each episode. The set is also reportedly going to get a redesign.
After a widely publicized hunt for an original replacement (including rumors swirling around The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Nene Leakes), Kathy Griffin was announced as the official heir. Flash forward three months and Griffin turned in her resignation letter, saying, “I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance toward difference… I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show, and now it’s time to move on.” The month prior, Kelly Osbourne left, reportedly due to Giuliana Rancic’s red carpet hair gaffe with Zendaya.