Kathy announced her departure on Thursday (March 12), after just seven episodes, in a posting on her Twitter account. The tweet was verified by her office.
The comedian said her style did not mesh with the E! channel show’s “creative direction”, but she also appeared to criticise Fashion Police for the way the show attacks celebrity looks.
“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.
Kathy tweeted that her goal is to help “women, gay kids, people of colour” and anyone who feels under-represented to have a voice and a laugh.
Kelly offered her support to Kathy.
Kelly exited Fashion Police herself two weeks ago after complaining about co-host Giuliana Rancic’s red-carpet criticism of African-American singer-actress Zendaya’s dreadlocks. Giuliana said they suggested the smell of marijuana.
Zendaya went online to slam the remarks as “outrageously offensive”. Giuliana later apologised, saying the experience taught her not to perpetuate cliches and stereotypes.
Kathy came to Fashion Police as a replacement for her friend and mentor, the late Joan Rivers. In a statement, the channel said series executive producer and Joan’s daughter, Melissa, will step in for the next episode.
That will air as scheduled on March 30, the channel said, with Melissa joining remaining co-hosts Giuliana and Brad Goreski.
There was no word on who will permanently replace Kathy, whom the channel thanked for her work, or Kelly.