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Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Stephen Colbert writer apologizes for Brett Kavanaugh joke, prompting fellow female comedy writers to rally around her
The Late Show writer Ariel Dumas received a lot of criticism from right-wing Twitter users after sarcastically tweeting on Saturday, "Whatever happens, I'm just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh's life." Dumas deleted the tweet, and tweeted her regret on Sunday: "The last couple of weeks have been hard for the country and for me personally," she tweeted. "The complexity of frustration, anger and sadness can’t be accurately conveyed on twitter, and I regret my tone-deaf attempt at sarcasm in the wake of it." Dumas received support from fellow female late-night comedy writers, including Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Amber Ruffin and Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Bess Kalb. Meanwhile, Kathy Griffin also expressed her support, tweeting: "@ArielDumas, a comedy writer, being held to a higher standard than the President of the United State. Love you @ArielDumas, f*ck the haters."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Why Les Moonves' departure is unlikely to hurt CBS' programming
CBS isn't like The Weinstein Company, which completely collapsed after Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct scandal. Even though Moonves played an important role in the daily life at CBS, he leaves behind an executive team who -- should they remain in place -- continue doing what CBS does best, according to Josef Adalian. "Moonves has benefited from the tendency (by both reporters and corporate boards) to put too much value in the Great Man theory of history," says Adalian. "In fact, whatever success CBS has had the past two decades was not the result of a single designer suit-clad superhero picking hit shows and negotiating the right talent deals. A small army of Eye execs past and present were instrumental in shaping the network, both for good (Everybody Loves Raymond, NCIS, The Big Bang Theory) and ill (Kevin Can Wait). Plus, as with any network or streaming service, the real drivers of success at CBS have been the show creators and stars who make hit programs. CBS won’t be the same place without Moonves, but like Apple after Steve Jobs, it won’t collapse either. It’s telling that late last week, as multiple news outlets reported Moonves was in settlement talks, CBS’s stock price actually went up."
- Norah O'Donnell addressed Moonves' exit on CBS This Morning: "This is really hard. It is. It’s hard for everybody at CBS News"
- Moonves could still be paid $120 million in severance of he's cleared by an internal probe
- CBS must do more post-Moonves to address the overall culture of complicity and complacency at the network
- CBS stock falls after Moonves' exit
- Kathy Griffin slams Moonves and Julie Chen in Twitter rant
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Louis CK's career has been a long con -- and he staged his return in a monstrous, controlling way
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"This wealthy, famous, connected man had so many chances — more than most people will ever get — and he f*cked them all up," says Maureen Ryan. CK's return to stand-up Sunday night "almost didn't surprise me," she says, "because that is Louis CK's thing: Having control. He made comedy specials and an entire TV series on his own and dropped them on his website. He had total mastery of those rollouts. Creative control is something a lot of artists long for. I don't have a problem with that. Here's what I do have a problem with: He controlled, in a monstrous way, the manner of his professional return — and then he used the word 'rape' in his set. For laughs. For a 'joke' about how rape whistles are 'unclean.'" Ryan adds that "a lot of the TV of the last couple decades has been designed to make us feel sorry for monsters and sociopaths.... One thing I and other critics have had to point out an infinite number of times is that these stories of predation, exploitation, assault and rape are usually told from the point of view of perpetrator — or maybe the (male) white knight whose motivation is saving or avenging a woman who is attacked. The survivors of the violence? Eh, who cares about them? So few do. So few. What a smart, cleverly arranged long con Louis CK's career has been. He skillfully built a world in which he — via Louie or his stand-up routines — 'excavated' faults and 'examined' the sh*ttiest parts of various attitudes, impulses and actions. But it was all really part of a long-term effort to get us to think, 'Hey, at least he's trying. He's giving it some effort.' He adopted a pose of brutal honesty so that he could seem like a good bro, a man who's working on being better than his worst moments."
- Louis CK reportedly made another surprise standup appearance Sunday night in Long Island before the Comedy Cellar
- "Fame — or infamy — can’t be contained by space and time," says Amanda Hess. "The audience for an intimate set is now the world. What (CK) says to the crowd he says to all of us. If we don’t like a television show, we can change the channel, but we can’t turn off our awareness of a media figure, not anymore. The thundering echo chamber built by mass and social media ensures that we’ll be conscious of his every move."
- Kathy Griffin tweeted of Louis CK: "The boys club closes ranks and protects its own"
- It's BS to assume nine months have exonerated him, reducing the #MeToo and Time's Up moment to a timeout
- What happened to the women Louis CK harassed?
- Another New York City comedy club would have Louis CK on: "I do believe in my heart of hearts, he is remorseful"
- The owners of one NYC comedy club are split on Louis CK's comeback: One is for it, the other is it's not the appropriate time
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 7:36PM EDT
Louis CK isn't owed a comeback -- he isn't owed anything
"I’m neither surprised nor, in fact, angry that CK is trying to do stand-up again," says Caroline Framke. "He’s a comedian with connections; wading back into the world to see where he might fit is his prerogative. But it’s also our prerogative not to give him the kind of time and consideration that many are insisting he deserves, especially when there are so many others who could use even one of the many chances he’s getting. The idea that there’s some kind of time limit on how long a person who committed sex crimes — which, yes, is the category to which masturbating at someone without their consent belongs — should be out of work is ridiculous. So is the idea that him admitting to it absolves him of having done it in the first place (especially when he only did so after getting called out by the New York Times, after years of denying it). So is the idea that it’s the right and decent thing to do to give him another chance, just because he waited a few months for the sting of his failures to fade." Saying that Louis CK has "suffered enough" makes his story one about redemption, she says, adding: "It minimizes the damage he caused, the women he targeted taking enormous risks to expose it, and the misogynistic rot within the entertainment industry that made it possible at all."
- Louis CK has made his "biased a**hole" standup act extinct now that he's been exposed as a liar, abuser and aggressor: "CK's entire comedy was predicated on the idea that he was a biased a**hole, but an honest one — a person who saw through the bullsh*t routines governing most human behavior, and could cut to a point by way of honesty," says Jeremy Gordon. "But last year’s revelations showed us that he is not an honest person — beyond being a liar, he is an aggressor and an abuser, and thinks he functions above recrimination. The notion that he could so easily return to doing 'typical Louis C.K. stuff' — and that this could even be normal, or fine — is so myopic that only a comedian could’ve come up with it."
- Louis CK's comeback sends a chilling message to victims: "It feels like nothing has changed," says Amy Zimmerman. "For all of the talk of cancelled men and their onerous contrition, it’s the 'heroes' of this movement who have suffered. When coming forward doesn’t lead to total blackballing, it triggers an avalanche of online harassment at the very least. While many alleged abusers have emerged professionally unscathed, accusers find themselves inextricably and publicly linked to their trauma. Survivors scroll through an endless minefield of potentially triggering content, and women are reminded every day that they live and work in systems that enable abusers and render women expendable. What does bearing witness to all of this accomplish, aside from depressing the sh*t out of the witnesses?"
- "The ability to drop in to do a set at a comedy club is a privilege given only to the most famous figures in comedy," says Dana Schwartz. "Louis CK is attempting to re-enter the comedy world by means of the same power structure that allowed him to abuse women for so long. And making it a surprise set, in which the audience may not have been ready or willing to see an admitted sexual harasser with an empty stage and the amplification of a silent room and a microphone, has the slimy feeling of Louis CK flaunting that power again."
- Kathy Griffin slams CK's comeback, saying "The Boys Club won again": "You know how many talented women and (people of color) comics are knocking on doors trying to get some time in front of audiences or powerful people in this business? And Louis just gets to glide back in on his own terms? Gosh, does it payoff to be in the boys club..the white boys club."
- Padma Lakshmi listed people funnier than Louis CK who haven't harassed women: "Not falling for this Louis CK 'triumphant return' narrative after years of him humiliating women who worked for & with him," she tweeted.
- Louis CK's comeback is a "workplace safety" issue: “Can you imagine the bank you're working at hiring back the guy who jacked off in front of women without their consent because it had been like, a year or something?” asked Ian Karmel, a stand-up comic and Late Late Show with James Corden writer. “It seems so obvious that we shouldn't let these people back into our communities without them putting in a lot of work to get better.”
- "What does it mean that CK’s ovation began before he even started his set?" asks Rebecca Traister. "It means he got applauded just for being Louis CK. Which, he might recall before he gets off on that too much, is exactly the reasoning that kept women from gaining any traction when they reported their experiences with Harvey Weinstein and Charlie Rose...Literally just being the powerful man is enough to get you a whole lot in this f*cked up world."
- "No one deserves to perform. Fame is not a birthright": "Even beyond the realm of criminal adjudication, there’s no reason for the public to believe the comedian has spent nine and a half months atoning for his misdeeds," says Hannah Giorgis. "He has not, as far as it is known, taken part in any sort of restorative- or transformative-justice process, a form of victim-centric community accountability that de-emphasizes court involvement. It is impossible to know what CK has spent the interceding months pondering while tucked away in his home, but publicly the comedian has done nothing to inspire confidence in his commitment to making amends...CK's August reemergence springs from the same well of self-aggrandizement as his lackluster November statement."
- Michael Ian Black apologizes after backlash over his Louis CK defense: "I hear all of your voices and I'm really sorry to have upset so many of you"
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Chris Hardwick's Talking Dead reinstatement garners mixed reaction: "F*CK THIS!!!" tweeted Kathy Griffin
Some, like wife Lydia Hearst, were supportive of Hardwick after he was accused of sexual misconduct and abuse by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. Some were outraged, while others weren't surprised by the news.
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 9:16PM EDT
Kathy Griffin recalls feuding with Ellen DeGeneres after Joan Rivers died
In her standup act, Griffin recounted how DeGeneres always hated Rivers' brand of "mean" comedy. Yet Griffin said she reached out to DeGeneres after Rivers died in 2014, asking if she'd do some sort of tribute to her. DeGeneres declined, prompting Griffin to utter profanities at her. The two comedians apparently patched things up days later.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Kathy Griffin pitches a New Year's Eve show starring her and Stormy Daniels
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Griffin told Jimmy Kimmel she has become good friends with the adult film star, even texting her after she was arrested for stripping this week. Griffin calls Daniels her Thelma to her Louise. Griffin told Kimmel: "I was thinking Kathy Griffin, Stormy Daniels, Live, New Year's Eve. Networks, call us?"
Posted Wednesday 7/04/18 at 12:54AM EDT
Showtime is teasing “perhaps the most dangerous show in the history of television” -- is Kathy Griffin involved?
Showtime's YouTube channel has been releasing teasers in recent days for "a new comedy that's coming" on July 15, with a title and star that has yet to be revealed. July 15 also marks the return of Our Cartoon President, and TVLine speculates that a Kathy Griffin show may air beside it. For its part, Showtime is keeping mum. “We have no comment," a network rep told TV Line.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
Republican National Committee releases an "Unhinged" ad featuring Michelle Wolf, Samantha Bee, Bill Maher and Kathy Griffin
The RNC-produced commercial, titled "The Left In 2018: Unhinged" aims to take advantage of the liberal comedians' various controversies, with "narration" from Bernie Sanders (taken from 2016 presidential campaign speeches)..
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 4:58PM EDT
Kathy Griffin offers to take over Chris Hardwick's Talking Dead hosting job
“I’m available to be the new host of ‘the talking dead,'” Griffin tweeted amid an accusation from Hardwick's ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra that an unnamed ex-boyfriend who sounds a lot like Hardwick had subjected her to “long-term abuse” and career blacklisting.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
Kathy Griffin: No one wants me for a reality show or a standup special after Trump beheading scandal
“I can't get a television series, even though I have eight (Emmy) nominations and two wins,” Griffin tells Entertainment Tonight. “And nobody will let me do a (stand-up) special at this time, even though I hold a Guinness World Book of Records for the most televised stand-up specials of any comedian, male or female, living or dead.”
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
Kathy Griffin marks the one-year anniversary of her Trump beheading controversy -- and responds to White House mentioning her
"One year ago today my Trump photo was released," Griffin tweeted last night, posting a video of Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday listing Griffin's appearance on The View as one of Trump's grievances against Disney CEO Bob Iger. "I have planned on doing this thread for a while but the fact that Sarah Sanders brought my name up at the podium today makes it even more appropriate for me to share some thoughts on what happened." Over the course of more than 40 tweets, Griffin detailed how life got worse for her after her Trump beheading photo. “I learned that day the power of the presidency and the power of the Trump machine. Immediately the death threats started pouring in again but more violent and serious than the previous night," she said. "The news networks broke into their programming to put his tweet up."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
President Trump's grievances with Disney CEO Bob Iger have to do with Jemele Hill, Joy Behar, Keith Olbermann and Kathy Griffin
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today the White House isn't defending Roseanne Barr's "inappropriate" comments. Rather, she said Trump's tweet this morning about not getting an apology from Iger over "the HORRIBLE statements" said about him was an attempt to point out media bias against him. “The president is pointing to the hypocrisy in the media, saying the most horrible things about this president and nobody addresses it,” Sanders said. “Where was Bob Iger’s apology to White House staff for (ESPN’s) Jemele Hill calling the President, and anyone associated with him, a white supremacist? To Christians around the world, for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness? Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the President on The View after a photo showed her holding President Trump’s decapitated head? And, where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous expletive-laced tweets attacking the President as a Nazi, even expanding Olbermann’s role after that attack against the President’s family? This is the double standard that the President is speaking about." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel mocks Trump's tweet demanding an apology from Iger.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Andy Cohen is happy to be hated by Kathy Griffin if it gives her "peace"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"I got the job that she had on CNN,” Cohen said this morning on The Howard Stern Show. “I’m on Bravo all these hours. I get it. So, hate me. I’ll be that guy for you. If it makes you happy and gives you peace. I’m just not going to take it on myself. I’m at peace. I’m a lover, not a fighter.”
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 2:02PM EDT
The View had to censor Kathy Griffin when she said of President Trump, "F*ck him"
"I’m here. I’m alive. I’m just glad to be alive,” Griffin said this morning. “By the way, I take the apology back. F*ck him.”