Griffin announced her departure on Thursday, after just seven episodes, in this posting on her Twitter account. The tweet was verified by her office.
“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,” she posted.
Kelly Osbourne exited “Fashion Police” two weeks ago after complaining about co-host Giuliana Rancic’s red-carpet criticism of African-American singer-actress Zendaya’s dreadlocks. Rancic said they suggested the smell of marijuana.
Zendaya went online to slam the remarks as “outrageously offensive.” Rancic later apologized, saying the experience taught her not to perpetuate cliches and stereotypes.
In a statement, the channel said the next episode will air as scheduled March 30 with remaining co-hosts Rancic and Brad Goreski, and with Melissa Rivers, Joan’s daughter, as executive producer. There was no word on who will permanently replace Griffin, whom the channel thanked for her work, or Osbourne.