'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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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)
Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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)
American comedienne television and radio presenter Joan Rivers, early 1990s. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
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)
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, 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)

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)
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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