Hours before E! is scheduled to air its Joan Rivers tribute episode of Fashion Police as part of today’s Joan Day marathon, the network has announced it will continue the franchise despite the death of its most important on-air team member.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms,” the network said moments ago in a statement. “We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of Fashion Police. We decided, with Melissa Rivers’ blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue. Fashion Police will return in 2015, commencing with Golden Globes coverage on Monday, January 12. No further details will be announced at this time.”
The network where Rivers became known to a younger generation as the queen of red-carpet snark began its Joan Day at 7 AM ET with at Fashion Police marathon. Among the episodes scheduled were her 80th birthday celebration and the final episode she did, in which she critiqued red carpet outfits for the MTV Video Music Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards. At 8 PM ET/PT, the network is scheduled to telecast a 90-minute tribute special, Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan.
Rivers was hospitalized on August 28 after she stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest during what was reported to be a routine procedure at a New York clinic. She died September 4 at age 81.