Last week, E! confirmed that “Fashion Police” will continue on despite the death of its fearless leader Joan Rivers, and rumor has it that NeNe Leakes and Tyra Banks have joined Kathy Griffin on the shortlist of possible replacements for the late comedian.
Perez Hilton claims that NeNe of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is a favorite to join Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic, and George Kotsiopoulos because the cable channel is trying to “diversify their panel with a different ethnicity.”
Tyra Banks is also a name floating around the replacement rumor mill, and Perez says Lisa Lampanelli and Amy Schumer have also been suggested to take Rivers’ place.
Rivers’ daughter and “Fashion Police” executive producer Melissa Rivers confirmed last week that the show would resume with a new host to replace her mom in January 2015.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Griffin is the frontrunner for the position, and that rumors claiming she was going after the job before Rivers had even passed are false.