Joan Rivers on her return to 'Fashion Police': 'The truth is very, very seldom said on television.'

Joan-RiversMemo to stars who think it’s safe to step out in this (or this or this): TV’s most honest fashion critic, Joan Rivers, will be back on TV dishing on red carpet fashion in Fashion Police, which kicks off with a two-hour post-Emmy special (E!, Aug. 30, 10 p.m.), and continues with a weekly series that will highlight the best — and, more importantly, the worst — in celebrity looks. (The Fashion Police series officially debuts Sept. 10.) We chatted with the funnywoman about what we’ll see on her new show, the evolution of red carpet style, and who she’s looking forward to seeing Emmy night.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What made you want to get back into Fashion Police?
JOAN RIVERS: Well, we did it last year as a trial run and we had such a good time doing it. [My daughter] Melissa [Rivers] was executive producing, and I was doing the show and they said, “This is great. Let’s do it next year.” I love it because I don’t have to stand on the red carpet and pretend I like something — it goes against everything I believe in — and smile and say, “Don’t you look nice?” and the next day, say she looked terrible. So I’d rather not have to do the first part.

When you weren’t on TV commenting about red carpet fashion, were you watching at home?
I never watch anything. I’m sorry to tell you, if I’m not doing it, I don’t watch it.

Why do you like to critique fashion?
I love fashion. I have my own jewelry/fashion line on QVC. All my summer jobs were in fashion. I just love fashion, so for me it’s a joy and a pleasure to be there to critique it.

What can we expect from the post-Emmys Fashion Police and the series to come?
The truth, which is very, very seldom said on television.

Is E! ready for an even more candid Joan?
They were last year, and the ratings were terrific. It’s fine to say about Lady Gaga, “The dress looked like it was made of organza and Charmin.”

Who’ll be on the couch with you besides Kelly Osbourne? Is Melissa involved?
Melissa’s executive producing, which is so great. Giuliana [Rancic], because I adore Giuliana, and then we’ll see. We had Khloe [Kardashian] last year, but the Kardashians are way beyond [now].

Your previous post-red carpet shows had rotating guests. Will we see any of that?
We will — and a lot of gossip. It always leads into gossip. And [the network] said, “That’s absolutely fine.” I love gossip. “So-and-so, doesn’t she look wonderful in the pink? But did you know she’s shacking up with three women and a guy?” That’s much more interesting.

How has the red carpet changed since you’ve reported from it?
I think what’s happened in general is they’ve all got stylists. When Melissa and I started, nobody else was doing this and nobody had stylists. They all picked their own dresses. It was wonderful because you got to see the good, you got to see the bad. You got to see what a real person thought they look good in. These days they have a stylist and they have a PR person walking with them. God forbid you say something bad about it, they’ll never let you talk to them again. That’s one of the reasons I walked away from that. It was no fun! If you had to tell everybody, “Don’t you look great!” then we’re not telling anybody anything. By just doing the Fashion Police, it’s so great. The next day you can really say, “The dress is so low-cut, she could’ve sold advertising on her cleavage.” But if you say that to someone on the red carpet, that’s it. You don’t get them back, and you don’t get any other clients of the PR person back.

Do you have a favorite red carpet event? The Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes?
I love the Golden Globes the best, because it’s everybody mixed up. It’s a party, and there are drinks, and everybody just feels great. It’s so much fun. The Oscars, as Melissa always says, it’s like going to grandma’s house. It’s going to your rich relative’s house. It’s sad [the Emmys] are so early this season. I think it’s a big mistake. It’s not my fault, it’s not my problem, but I think it’s stupid to put it on when they put it on. Half the people are “at the shore” or “the Hamptons.” I think it’s a big mistake. But as I said, it’s not my problem.

What do you think we’ll see on the red carpet this season?
You know this year’s going to be feathers, fringe, ruffles, and fur.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this Sunday?
Mariska Hargitay always looks good. I want to see the Kardashians. I hope they come dressed alike. Wouldn’t that be great? I adore Lady Gaga, but I don’t know if she’ll be there for the Emmys. You want to see the usuals, the vampire ladies.

And who will be a disaster?
The Jersey [Shore] trash.

If they come.
They’ll go. It’s their 15 minutes and they’re coming.

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  • Lucy

    Good news

  • darclyte

    That’s probably the best photo of Joan that I’ve seen in a long time. She actually looks semi-human, as opposed to how she usually looks lately.

  • Nikki

    Perfect. Welcome back, J.

  • wierdalexj

    I used to love watching her old Fashion Police show. Her best monologue ever? When she begged Tom Cruise to call her and she would help him. That was circa 1996 I think. I think someone might have called Tom and told him about it because I don’t think he’s been on a worst-dressed list since!

  • angie

    I don’t understand why designers don’t get called out. They only complain about the stars, not who designed the dresses.

    • mari

      But the designers don’t put a gun on the stars’ heads and tell them they should wear this or that dress or else… The stars or stylists have the final say.

    • Angela L

      This is so true!

  • Reena

    I cant wait for this already have my DVR set on monday…I think its great that E! is letting her be herself and I think with Kelly Osbourne in the mix they will both tell it like it is but from two very different perspectives. This is going to be great WELCOME BACK JOAN!

  • Katja

    LOL at her comment about the Jersey Shore people. She speaks the God’s honest truth.

  • tracy bluth

    Let’s be honest, most of those E! people can be ass kissers. But Joan? Never! I love her so much.

  • Areje Tubosun

    It more importantly for all women to dress decently and not to tempt men,wear clothes intentionally for decency and not to seduce.
    Cool combination from all designers from different industry but the beauty reflects from how the model/person carries him/herself which is based on blending from the top to the foot.

  • Angela L

    Refuse Licenced?”
    Cosmetology Licenced?”
    OMG..I can’t wait to see the show tonight! HELLOOOO!..Can someone say “Fire all the Hair Designers” who did these stars hair. Their was nothing FIERCE! about anyone’s hair last night. My Mop looks better than some of the hairstyles. Shame on the L.A. stylist that did these. I can say this because I do hair myself. How embarassing!! I wish someone would pay me $500 – $1000 to do their hair and they were happy with it looking like it should have been on a “Swiffer” or “Mop n’ Glow” Commercial. Sorry. Just keepin it real…
    I can’t wait to hear about this from Joan and the shows guest. This should be a REAL GOOD ONE !!!
    I hope someone reads this on the show tonight (and/or) comments on this post…Please!
    Or just have them hire me to do the hair next year for some of these stars.. WoW!!!!

  • the frau

    I guess I am the only one who dreads Joan Rivers return. She has a big yap and the jokes are so forced . When I want an opinion on fashion, I want someone who knows what they are talking about.

  • Ali

    I watched the Fashion Police today with Joan Rivers and she was hilarious. E finally got a good group.

  • LMaine

    Personal attacks not allowed according to Joan Rivers, but how many personal attacks did she make on the persons whom fashion she was supposed to be critiquing?

  • Tracy Kubalak

    Hi Joan, I love your honesty! Will you please don a segment on celebrities with knock out bodies that need stylists? There are so many actresses that look smokin’ hot in their movies, but when it comes to dressing themselves, the fire has been put out! And I just picked up Instyle magazine and I saw ankle biting cargo pants are on their way in…WHAT? I don’t think so, or at least I would like to think I am in denial. Thank you for your time, look forward to your segment! (please evaluate actresses J.B , J.S, B.S) you catch my drift . xoxo

  • Jane Doe

    I love Joan Rivers. She’s always spot on, with her opinions on fashion!

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