While the red-headed comic had her fair share of supporters -- and others quite patient that the show would improve as the cast gelled -- some were critical of Griffin for her penchant for punchlines and shortcomings understanding fashion.
She acknowledged Rivers early on, saying her predecessor was watching down from heaven, and vowing to bring the same tart tongue that made Rivers perfect for the E! roundtable.
"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,” she said. “I won't be afraid to bring the hammer down on anyone and everyone.”
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As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the outspoken comic has had her share of critics in the impossible task to take over for the late icon, but received a ringing endorsement from Rivers’ daughter Melissa.
“Melissa told Kathy it is what her mother would have wanted,” a source told RadarOnline.com.