Osbourne announced she was leaving the show shortly after Rancic made those famous racially charged comments about Zendaya’s dreads, and everyone assumed she didn’t want to work with the E! host anymore. But in a new interview, Osbourne insists that she would never go back to Fashion Police, with or without Rancic, and her decision had a lot more to do with another costar.
“There’s no ‘maybe’ or ‘wait and see’. Regardless of what happened or not, this was my last year,” she told Remix magazine.
“People are responsible for their own words so I couldn’t give a f*** about that,” she continued, referring to Rancic’s gaffe.
In fact, her reasons for leaving were multiple and the heavy workload was just one.
“I haven’t been able to go on family vacations. I worked 52 weeks a year for going on seven years,” she said. “Five and a half years at Fashion Police and before that with what I was doing before. So really I knew whatever decision I made now was going to really reflect what I want to do for the rest of my life. So I took a break.”
But her biggest reason for leaving is that she just misses the late, great Joan Rivers way too much.
“You try working with someone that you love and then going back into that same studio. I couldn’t, I didn’t want to. I was ready to go,” she said.
“Joan made everything fun. Everything. I mean one time we were on an airplane together and I got on late and I didn’t know that we were on the same flight. I woke up and thought I had died because I couldn’t see. Joan had duct taped a note to my head telling me that she was on the same flight, seat 3H, so I should turn around and look, that I don’t snore in my sleep, and if I needed a ride she’d give me a ride. It was cold in New York so she’d written that if I needed to borrow a fur coat, I could borrow whatever I wanted, even though she knew I didn’t like wearing animal fur.
“That was the thing about Joan, she never forgot anyone’s name and she was the most generous and kind person. She might have had a vulgar mouth but she was a true lady.
“What people need to remember is that Fashion Police is not Joan Rivers’ legacy,” she said. “Joan Rivers’ legacy is the fact that because of her, her mouth, her jokes, and her comedy, it is okay for girls like me to say whatever the f*** we want. And do you think women like Beyoncé Knowles would be such independent women without women like Joan Rivers? She was groundbreaking, and there will never be another.”
Osbourne’s voice can currently be heard in the TV series The 7D as Hildy.