Emmy-award winning comedian Kathy Griffin is in the hot seat again, this time for using foul language on the live broadcast of CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage in New York City with Anderson Cooper.
As the show was about to go to a commercial, a man in the crowd began to heckle Griffin and she responded with the comment, "Screw you. Why don’t you get a job, buddy?” You know what, I don’t go to your job and knock the d**** out of your mouth.”
Blogger Michael K on dlisted.com noted that the joke was originally told on the "GloboChem" skit on the HBO sketch comedy series, Mr. Show, but we have to give Griffin credit for making the most of a perfect opportunity.
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CNN made this official statement about the incident: “We recognize that the comment made by comedian Kathy Griffin during the live broadcast was inappropriate. She did not know she was on the air at the time, and we removed it from the rebroadcast.”
Griffin has a history of making news by being mouthy. In 2007, she won an Emmy award for Outstanding Reality Program for her Bravo reality series Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, and in her acceptance speech famously said, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus.Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.”
The remarks were cut out of the television broadcast and some religious groups were outraged (Griffin later released a statement of her own, asking "Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humor?”), but there didn’t seem to be any lasting fallout from the incident. Griffin won again in the same category in 2008.
I’m a huge Griffin fan and I love it when the reigns are off and she shakes things up by saying whatever she’s not supposed to say. Her Emmy award speech is my all-time favorite, and I think the CNN controversy sort of pales in comparison. Do you think she crossed the line this time?