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Kelly O: We're continuing Joan's legacy

Kelly Osbourne admits working with Kathy Griffin on Fashion Police will "take a bit of getting used to".

The British star sits on the panel of the US TV show with Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, with the series seeing them discuss celebrities' red carpet looks. Kathy joined the programme this year, following the death of its mainstay Joan Rivers. Much has been made of whether comedian Kathy would be able to follow in Joan's footsteps, and Kelly has spoken about the transition period the change has meant.

"It's our job to make the show the best it can be so we can continue Joan's legacy and that's why we think Kathy is so brave coming in and doing this," she told British magazine Hello! "It's not the Kathy Griffin show. She's coming into a panel and it's going to take a bit of getting used to. People need to realise that she's not Joan, so don't judge her for not being like her."

Joan died in September last year, aged 81, following complications during a routine operation on her throat.

Kelly and the star were very close and she's spoken about how hard she found it to deal with her death. In a Facebook post soon after Joan's passing, Kelly called the late star her "teacher, therapist [and] inspiration".

In November she spoke of her anger at the constant questions about who would be replacing Joan on Fashion Police. Kathy was confirmed as the new panelist in December.

"She's doesn't pretend to be Joan. The way she approaches her jokes is very different," Giuliana explained.

"Having Joan's daughter Melissa as our executive producer makes it a whole lot easier on all of us and having Kathy at the helm makes us feel a whole lot better."

After her appointment was confirmed, Kathy spoke about taking over Joan's role. The two women were good friends and had chatted about Kathy doing the show in the past, with the red-haired comedian joking she is the perfect choice to talk about bad fashion.

"I've been a fashion 'don't' for years! I used to laminate my 'What was she thinking?' pictures and put them on my refrigerator, but then they covered the entire wall," she laughed. "I'm not afraid to be a do or a don't; I'm not afraid of a wrong moment, because that's what fashion should be. Take some chances!"

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