“Well, I probably shouldn’t have taken the gig,” said the 54-year-old comedian during a candid interview on SiriusXM’s “Howard Stern Show” on Monday. “By the way, [Joan] just passed away six months ago.”
But that wasn’t the only revelation shared by Griffin, who unceremoniously quit the job with only seven episodes under her belt and suffering through a major Giuliana Rancic/Kelly Osbourne meltdown over Rancic’s derogatory comments about Zendaya’s Oscars hairstyle.
Griffin thinks Osbourne used the fiasco as an excuse to jump ship.
“I think that Kelly has said post that she had four or five such great years with Joan,” explained Griffin. “To me that means, ‘You know it’s not the same as it was with Joan.’ I gotta be honest. I kind of feel the same way. I don’t really feel it was my best work. I’ll be honest. I stand by my specials and my series. I feel like the lane that show is in is so specific that they weren’t able to make the transition to kind of the comedic lane that I work in.”
Griffin also clued in listeners on the messy inner workings of “Fashion Police,” even suggesting the show houses some moles.
“I don’t know why, but I’ve never worked on a show with so many leaks,” she added. “It seems like people — sources say were constantly calling TMZ and Radar Online and you can look through my phone, I don’t have the number to any of those places. I’ve never done that. I never would. It’s a leaky boat over there.”
Unable to pin down who was leaking information from the office made Griffin “paranoid.”
“Fashion Police” is scheduled to return to the air March 30. It’s unclear who will be replacing Griffin and Osbourne.