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Kathy Griffin to succeed late Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police,' report says

Kathy Griffin poses at the "Make Equality Reality"

Kathy Griffin poses at the "Make Equality Reality" event at the Montage Hotel on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Credit: AP / Chris Pizzello

Comedian and reality-TV star Kathy Griffin reportedly will succeed her good friend, the late Joan Rivers, on E!'s fashion talk show "Fashion Police."

TMZ.com says that Emmy Award-winner Griffin, 54, will join co-hosts Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and Rivers' daughter Melissa Rivers on the program, which will go from being a weekly series to a series of specials, often as an accompaniment to awards shows. The website said there was no word on whether fellow co-host George Kotsiopoulos would remain.

Griffin had confirmed to "Access Hollywood" early this month that E! had discussed the hosting slot with her. "They did offer it to me," she said, but added, "I don't know if the situation is correct at this time for me or right for me at this time."

Following Joan Rivers' death on Sept. 4, Melissa Rivers said in the E! special "Fashion Police: Remembering Joan" that the program "will continue. We're going to hit pause for a little while, but 'Fashion Police' will be back in January."

An E! spokeswoman did not return a Newsday request for comment.

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