'Fashion Police:' Kathy Griffin pays tribute to Joan Rivers

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'Fashion Police:' Kathy Griffin Pays Tribute to Joan Rivers
Monday night marked Kathy Griffin's first night as the late Joan Rivers' replacement on E!'s "Fashion Police."

And even though Griffin has some big stilettos to fill, she kicked off her debut by promising to keep her old friend's fun and fearless style alive.

"I just want to thank my good friend whom we all miss, Joan Rivers. So, Joan, I know you're watching from heaven but don't get it twisted, I won't be afraid to bring the hammer down on anyone and everyone. I learned from the best," said Kathy Griffin on "Fashion Police."

Rivers had hosted "Fashion Police" since it premiered in 2010.

Griffin told People in November she and Rivers had talked about her possibly joining the show before Rivers passed away suddenly in September.

And she said in an interview with NBC earlier this month, even though she's a little different from Rivers, she's confident she's the right woman for the "Fashion Police" gig.

"I will continue, if nothing else, in her fearless style of taking no prisoners. But our styles were different you know, I'm a different human being. I'm more improvisational, and I don't know what I'm going to say," said Kathy Griffin on the "Today" show.

But fans of the show are confident Griffin will do Rivers justice as her replacement.

As a writer for Hollywood Life put it, "While it's obviously devastating that Joan won't be here for this and every other awards season, we feel better knowing that her throne is in such worthy hands as Kathy's." Well said.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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'Fashion Police:' Kathy Griffin pays tribute to Joan Rivers
This April 12, 1965 file photo shows Joan Rivers in Los Angeles. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File)
In this Sept. 21, 2003 file photo, comedian and TV personality Joan Rivers with E! Entertainment television arrives for the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)
In 1969, American comedian Joan Rivers laughs while hosting the television program 'That Show'. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers and Show Girls during 'Best of Vegas' Awards at Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Comedian Joan Rivers and Barry Diller, chairman of Fox Inc., arrive for news conference in Los Angeles to announce that she will host a live talk show on Fox Broadcasting Co. that will compete with late night king Johnny Carson, May 6, 1986. Miss Rivers will lead the attack for Fox Broadcasting Corp’s new fourth network. (AP Photo/Jim Ruymen)
Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Popular night club comedienne Joan Rivers, shown in her Bel Air home, tells of her problems to get financial backing for her directorial effort, "Rabbit Test" in Los Angeles, April 14, 1978. The feature length movie is an extra black comedy about a man who flunks his test and winds up headed for a maternity ward. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)
Joan Rivers and Eddie Murphy, co-hosts of the 35th annual Emmy Awards presentations, do some kibbitzing from the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California on Sunday, Sept. 25, 1983. (AP Photo)
Comedienne Joan Rivers arrives carrying Spike at a Cambridge, Mass., bookstore, June 4, 1986 where she was honored by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals with their "First Instant Pudding Award." Rivers was the original Hasty Pudding Award in 1984. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Comedienne Joan Rivers, in a denim jacket, with her dog Spike at a press conference to announce that she is the new No Excuses jeans girl. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Comedienne Joan Rivers, left, welcomes actress Bo Derek as her guest on "The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif., June 28, 1984 in which Ms. Rivers filled in Johnny Carson's spot as the show host. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Joan Rivers during an interview by Washington Post on May 22, 1986. (AP Photo/M Tweed)
American comedienne television and radio presenter Joan Rivers, early 1990s. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Performers on the first episode of ?The Late Show? pose with star Joan Rivers, Oct. 9, 1986. From left: Elton John, Joan Rivers, Cher, and Pee Wee Herman. (AP Photo/Galbraith)
Entertainer Joan Rivers, right, and her 19-year-old daughter, Melissa, leave hand in hand the memorial service for Edgar Rosenberg, Joan?s husband and Melissa?s father, in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 16, 1987. Over 300 mourners gathered at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple to pray and listen to remembrances of Rosenberg who committee suicide last week. (AP photo/Lennox McLendon)
A subdued Joan Rivers makes her first television appearance since the August death of her husband in Pasadena, Calif. during the 39th Annual Emmy Award at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Sept. 21, 1987. Rivers presented the award for best supporting actor in a comedy series to John Larroquette of NBC's "Night Court." (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Joan Rivers stars in Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound," on Broadway. She's seen during an interview in New York, July 21, 1988. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)
Comedienne and T.V. personality Joan Rivers appears outside Barney's department store in New York City on June 5, 1990. (AP Photo/Malcolm Clarke)
In this Aug. 15, 1989 file photo ,Joan Rivers announces that she is starting a new syndicated talk show, "The Joan Rivers Show," in Los Angeles. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
Comedienne Joan Rivers, left, designer Paloma Picasso, center, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour attend a benefit dinner for the American Suicide Foundation at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on Thursday, May 3, 1991. Many of the celebrities who gave their support to the organization had friends or family who were victims of suicide. (AP Photo/Luiz Ribeiro)
Talk show host Joan Rivers is applauded by fans after winning her first Emmy as best talks show host in New York on Thursday, June 28, 1990. Rivers, host of the syndicated "The Joan Rivers Show," dedicated her Emmy to her late husband, Edgar Rosenberg. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
In this July 26, 1989 file photo, comedian Joan Rivers poses next to her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during her induction ceremony in Los Angeles. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (AP Photo/Doug Sheridan, File)
Grand Marshall Joan Rivers at the Winterfest Boat Parade on December 12, 1991 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/GettyImages)
American comedienne television and radio presenter Joan Rivers, with a doorman at the Ritz Hotel, London, early 1990s. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Talk show host Joan Rivers works a job as a waitress at a Denny's restaurant in West Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 21, 1992. Rivers is switching jobs with Rhonda Denton who works at the restaurant and who will take over River's job in New York on a program which will air on March 4. (AP Photo/Ray Fairall)
Joan Rivers interviews soccer legend Pele on her syndicated talk show "Can We Shop" in New York on Thursday, April 21, 1994. During the taping Pele, 53, confirmed rumors that he will wed Assiria, 33, a fellow Brazilian, at the end of April. The show is scheduled to air on May 10, 1994. (AP Photo/Monika Graff)
Comedienne and television personality Joan Rivers attends a benefit at Sotheby's, NYC, 1998. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers, right, and daughter Melissa, of E! Television, wait for stars to arrive on the red carpet for the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California January 20, 2002. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Joan Rivers of E! Television kneels in a gesture to welcome back the red carpet before the start of the 53rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shubert Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)
Joan Rivers, left, and daughter, Melissa, of E! Television arrive at the red carpet before the 74th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 24, 2002, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
American entertainer Joan Rivers, wearing a black and purple hat, arrives at the Royal Enclosure at Ascot racecourse near London Wednesday, June 19, 2002, on the second day of the annual Royal Ascot horse racing meeting. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Commentator Joan Rivers poses on the red carpet before the start of the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Joan Rivers, Host E! Entertainment Live from the Red Carpet and Fashion Police attends the 76th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
In this Jan. 16, 2005 file photo, comedian Joan Rivers, left, and her daughter, Melissa, from the TV Guide Channel pose on the red carpet during arrivals at the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
Joan Rivers blows kisses on arrival at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 18, 2005, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The 72-year-old red-carpet critic and comedian said she and assistant Matt Stewart created a profile for her on Match.com. "We were hoping to meet Mr. Right," Rivers told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "We didn't even get a wink."(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

Joan and Melissa Rivers at 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, September 18, 2005 (Image Credit: shutterstock)

Joan and Melissa Rivers at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. January 16, 2006 Beverly Hills, CA 2006 Paul Smith / Featureflash (Image Credit: shutterstock)
Joan Rivers during 2007 British Academy Television Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals at London Palladium in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
This Oct. 5, 2009 file photo shows Joan Rivers posing as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers " during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin arrive on the red carpet of The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers at CBS Studios - Radford on July 26, 2009 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
TV personalities Melissa Rivers (L) and Joan Rivers arrive at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring L.A. Reid held at The Beverly Hilton on February 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Comedian Joan Rivers attends Global Green USA's 11th Annual Pre-Oscar party at Avalon on February 26, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for Global Green)
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