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March 16, 2015 02:15 PM

E!’s Fashion Police has been mired in a tumultuous few weeks, including the exits of hosts Kathy Griffin and Kelly Osbourne. In fact, Griffin says, the turnover could have come much sooner.

When the comic, 54, took the main seat formerly occupied by Joan Rivers, producers “actually said, ‘If you want, you can clean house,’ ” Griffin told Howard Stern on Monday.

“I wasn’t looking to put anybody out of work at all,” Griffin insisted during a candid interview with the Sirius XM host.

But, only a few episodes into her tenure, cohost Giuliana Rancic – an original Fashion Police cast member – made a racially insensitive joke about starlet Zendaya during the post-Oscars episode. (She later apologized.)

A controversy spiraled, speculation ramped up, and Griffin soon realized the show was “a leaky boat.” She admitted, “I got a little paranoid.”

After only seven episodes, she decided to announce her resignation over Twitter and sent a private email asking for her famous friends’ support via social media.

Though Griffin said Rivers’s daughter Melissa personally gave her blessing on behalf of the late comedian, Griffin told Stern, 61, of her time at Fashion Police: “I don’t really feel it was my best work. I probably shouldn’t have taken the gig.”

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