Kathy Griffin Will Succeed Joan Rivers As Lead “Fashion Police” Bitch

TV Guide Celebrates Kathy Griffin will reportedly attempt to fill the late Joan Rivers’ giant comedic shoes come winter as the new host of E!’s scathing hit Fashion Police.

The Daily Mail has learned that Joan’s daughter Melissa has given her blessing for Griffin to succeed her mother’s star role, and that E! is “already negotiating” the deal for the show’s premiere in January:

‘Kathy has been told if she wants the gig she can have it because Melissa wanted someone who her mother would have approved of,’ says the show source. ‘Kathy will probably take the position but they are still working out the deal.’

The legendary Joan has received glowing tributes since her too-soon death on September 4. She was universally hailed by the stars as a legend, a trailblazer, and the owner of a very dry vagina. Her legacy was covered flawlessly by CNN, who was first to interview Griffin in the wake of Joan’s death.

Below, Melissa Rivers introduces an official Fashion Police recap featuring some of Joan’s most brilliant moments on air:

No word yet on how Joan’s death will affect the ongoing and seemingly never-ending writers strike that has plagued the show since April 2013.