Girls creator and star Lena Dunham turned speechwriter last week to help Kathy Griffin announce her exit from Fashion Police, because the veteran comedian wanted a “younger, feminist” voice to relay her message to fans.
The funnywoman, who joined the series as a replacement for the late Joan Rivers in January, used her Twitter account to break the news to followers on Thursday, revealing she was bowing out of the commentary show after just seven episodes because the job wasn’t a good “fit” for her.
Explaining her reasons for leaving, she wrote, “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.
“I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference. I want to help women, gay kids, people of color and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH!”
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 13, 2015
Griffin has now revealed she has 28-year-old Dunham to thank for getting her message across to devotees.
During an appearance on The View on Monday, Griffin explained, “I actually called Lena Dunham, because I went, ‘OK, Joan was 27 years older than I am. I’m 54, I need, like, a younger woman, feminist, to help me craft a statement’, and she was super generous and helped me craft it and I just felt like I kind of wanna say it like a comic and a feminist.”
News of Griffin’s exit emerged two weeks after co-host Kelly Osbourne quit the show over the fall-out following ill-advised remarks her colleague Giuliana Rancic made about teen star Zendaya Coleman’s red carpet look at the Oscars.
Only Rancic and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski are left on the panel, although Kim Kardashian’s sister Khloe has emerged as a frontrunner to join the show as a regular contributor when it returns at the end of this month.