But now the comedian is speaking out in an interview with the Chicago Sun Times' Splash magazine. Griffin believes that the joke wouldn't have caused as much controversy if she -- a veteran comedian like host Joan Rivers before her -- had said that Zendaya's red-carpet locs made her look like she smelled "like patchouli oil" and "weed."
But she was quick to add that she wouldn't have made the observation to begin with.
"I wouldn’t have said the joke in the first place. Some dude wrote it for her," Kathy said, before revealing the advice she gave Giuliana. "Don’t have anyone write your jokes or even suggest jokes for you on 'Fashion Police.' You have enough great insider gossip from actually being ON the red carpet. That’s what fans want to hear the next day. Just talk and be yourself."
Guiliana has since apologized for the comments, saying that she didn't "intend to hurt anybody, but I have learned it is not my intent that matters -- it’s the result," and Zendaya accepted the apology.
But the firestorm surrounding the E! show didn't end there. Just four days after the comments were made, panelist Kelly Osbourne decided to quit the show to "pursue other opportunities."
"Jesus, I don’t know!" Kathy said when asked if Kelly left because of the Zendaya controversy. "Sometimes she seemed very upset at the merely seven tapings of 'Fashion Police' we did together. I can tell you this: I adore that family. I’ve spent the most time with Sharon. She is the real deal. Love her! Kelly came to my house a couple of times when Joan [Rivers] was in the hospital and we were consoling each other. I can tell you there was genuine love there. Oh, and of course, Ozzy is amazing."