The comedian is replacing late friend Joan Rivers

By Alexandra Zaslow
Updated December 01, 2014 02:50 PM
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Kathy Griffin is officially succeeding the late Joan Rivers as the new host on Fashion Police.

There was much speculation as to who would take the 81-year-old comedian’s spot following her death Sept. 4, and E! has finally closed the deal with Griffin, the network announced Monday.

“I get it! These are some big shoes I’m going to fill. Joan was truly one of a kind. Now I hope you will accept me for me,” Griffin said in a statement. “I’m just Kathy. Did I say I’m just Kathy? I meant I’m Kathy F—ing Griffin and you celebrities better strap yourself in, as I am taking no prisoners. I am not holding back so DAMMIT let’s have some fun!”

Griffin, who considered Rivers a close friend and mentor, isn’t going to be the only new face on the show: Celebrity fashion stylist and television personality Brad Goreski will also take a seat on the panel, replacing George Kotsiopoulos.

Along with the fresh faces come changes to the platform. Instead of continuing as a weekly program, Fashion Police will air 17 episodes throughout the year, beginning on Jan. 12, in time for Golden Globes coverage. The episodes will center on the biggest red carpet events of 2015, such as the Grammys, Oscars, Emmys and New York Fashion Week.

“Kathy just feels right, and Brad brings a fun, new voice to join Giuliana and Kelly in this ensemble,” Melissa Rivers, Joan’s daughter and the show’s executive producer, said in a statement. “I’m excited to see where this panel takes this series my mother so adored in this next incarnation.”