Fashion Police has made its [insert adjective here] return to mixed reviews. On Monday night, Melissa Rivers stepped out from behind the camera to join Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, and new faces NeNe Leakes and Margaret Cho in critiquing looks from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
“Hi, yeah, it’s been a little bit of a crazy year around here, and, well, I’m still cleaning up messes. But the good news is, Fashion Police is back,” Rivers, longtime executive producer of the show, said to start things off. Taking her late mother’s place as head commentator, she introduced a new segment, "What Would Joan Say?“ in the comedian’s honor. “There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t see something and think, ‘What would my mom say about this?’”
On Justin Bieber, who debuted a new side-swept hairstyle at the VMAs, Melissa invited her co-hosts to share their opinions by saying the singer was “one of my mom’s favorite targets!“ Cho, who proved to be a fine fit with the crew, said, "I just hope that jacket is pleather because if even one animal died for this stupid look, it’s a tragedy.”
The new Fashion Police crew. Photo: Twitter
The Drop Dead Diva actress continued with the zingers for the rest of the broadcast, even making a fellow fashion judge a subject of one of her jokes. “I feel like that hair probably smells like pot and patchouli,” Cho said of Miley Cyrus’s dreadlocked wigs, referencing Rancic’s comments a few months ago regarding Zendaya’s hair. Rancic proceeded to bury her face in a pillow.
The show, which has had its ups and downs (mostly downs) throughout the past year, seemed to be reviewed well. Kelly Osbourne, who quit over the controversy, sent flowers to the set and tweeted “congratulations on an awesome show” to Melissa. Even Gigi Hadid, the subject of some unfriendly fashion fire, wrote: “Soooo happy @e_FashionPolice is back!!!!!! (Even though there are mixed feelings about my VMA’s look…good to laugh at urself sometimes).”