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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.”
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Michelle Wolf's White House roast denounced by person who booked her for her "truth-to-power style"
On Feb. 22, White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev named Wolf the featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, saying in a statement: “Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism. Her embrace of these values and her truth-to-power style make her a great friend to the WHCA. Her Pennsylvania roots, stints on Wall Street and in science and self-made, feminist edge make her the right voice now.” On Sunday night, following nearly 24 hours of controversy over Wolf's polarizing speech, Talev issued another statement that referred to Wolf only as "the entertainer": "Last night's program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people," Talev said. "Unfortunately, the entertainer's monologue was not in the spirit of that mission." Wolf responded to Talev's statement on Instagram, quoting those last seven words: "Not in the spirit of that mission."
- President Trump slammed Seth Meyers in mocking Wolf and calling Saturday's WHCD an "embarrassment" that should be put "to rest": "The filthy 'comedian' totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance)"
- WHCA president Talev defended Wolf earlier Sunday for saying "what she thought was important to say" -- but noted that her speech wasn't pre-screened
- Kathy Griffin stuck up for Wolf: Of course Sarah Huckabee Sanders was going to get the toughest jokes -- "she was Trump's proxy" on the dais
- No, Wolf didn't joke about Sanders' looks: "Smoky eye" was a riff on a Maybelline slogan
- The Handmaid's Tale joke also wasn't a slam of Sanders' looks
- Comedians stand by Wolf: "comics r truth tellers - deal with it," tweeted Rosie O'Donnell
- 2012 WHCD host Jimmy Kimmel: "Dear 'the media' - @michellewolf was FUNNY. Hire a juggler next year"
- Roseanne Barr appeared to side against Wolf: "first rule of comedy: NEVER target someone more famous than U who is in the audience," she tweeted. "U will lose the entire crowd"
- Journalists urging Wolf to apologize for what should have been an uncontroversial joke sends an incredibly dangerous message
- Fox News' Brian Kilmeade said Wolf attacked to impress Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: “Congratulations, when the three of you go out to dinner, I’m sure you’ll be laughing a lot. But in terms of the people here and the people at home — totally offensive, horrible choice. In fact, it’s the reason why the president didn’t want to go.”
- Michelle Wolf got it just right: "Wolf, according to the commentariat, violated a sacred standard of decency that defines the correspondents’ dinner every year," says Molly Roberts. "The comedian should roast people, yes, but she should do it at a suitably low temperature for this town’s all-too-tender egos. Wolf broke protocol by turning on the broiler. Yet the figures she scorched have shattered norms that are far more important than an unspoken prohibition on vagina jokes."
- Celebrities shunned the WHCD this year: Kathy Griffin and Jordan Klepper were the biggest entertainment names in attendance
- Will Wolf hasten the death of the WHCD?: "The annual event’s contradictions have become too heavy to bear"
- Alec Baldwin praised Wolf's joke mocking his fellow NBC star Megyn Kelly
# TOPICS: Michelle Wolf, The Handmaid's Tale, Alec Baldwin, Brian Kilmeade, Jimmy Kimmel, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Talev, Megyn Kelly, Roseanne Barr, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump Presidency, Twitter, White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Posted Sunday 4/29/18 at 1:21AM EDT
Michelle Wolf stuns the White House Correspondents' Dinner with "X-rated takedown"
The comedian -- who warned in advance "I’m expecting it to not play well in the room" -- correctly predicted the reaction to her 19-minute roast, which led some Trump administration officials to walk out during her act. Wolf dropped F-bombs, the P-word and joked about "pulling out" in what CNN termed an "X-rated takedown" of the media, the Democrats, the Republicans and, mostly, President Trump. "Taking a beat, Wolf told a shocked ballroom the White House Correspondents Association maybe they 'should have done some research before asking me to do this,'" says Lisa de Moraes. "Wolf gave the room full of press a thrashing, as Stephen Colbert had done so many years ago in a WHCD Dinner appearance that TV news talking heads were still talking about tonight, in the walk-up to Wolf’s appearance, as if Colbert’s speech had been the one that could not be topped. They were wrong."
- CNN, MSNBC and C-SPAN failed to censor Wolf's F-bombs
- Wolf compared White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Aunt Lydia from The Handmaid’s Tale
- Wolf's targets included Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, MSNBC, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Rachel Maddow
- Wolf delivered a "particularly, wonderfully nasty performance, courtesy of a blistering, dare-ya-to-boo set"
- Shame on Michelle Wolf for making Donald Trump look classy!
- Kathy Griffin, who was in attendance, praised Wolf: "As a female, you’ve got to work harder, you’ve got to jump higher. And she did it. She went there - fearlessly"
- Journalists reacted with outrage on Twitter: ABC News' Terry Moran called her monologue "hateful and unfunny"
- Wolf tweeted "Thank you!" to Sean Spicer after he called the dinner "a disgrace"
- Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus declared Wolf's performance "another" victory for Trump: "An R/X rated spectacle that started poorly and ended up in the bottom of the canyon"
- President Trump slammed the media for "phony" White House Correspondents' Dinner at a Michigan rally earlier Saturday
- Stephen Colbert's Our Cartoon President was at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, imagining what it would look like if Trump attended
- Watch Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti photobomb Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, live on CNN
# TOPICS: White House Correspondents’ Dinner, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Our Cartoon President, Kathy Griffin, Kellyanne Conway, Michael Avenatti, Michelle Wolf, Reince Priebus, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sean Spicer, Terry Moran, Cable News, Trump Presidency
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Iconic Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore, the "godmother of comedy" in Los Angeles, dies at 87
Source: Los Angeles Times
David Letterman babysat her children, Jay Leno slept on her club's back stairs and Jim Carrey tended bar for her. Shore influenced the careers of everybody from Robin Williams to Garry Shandling, Roseanne Barr, Jimmie Walker, Bob Saget and, of course, Letterman, Leno and Carrey. In fact, Carrey's Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here is inspired by his Comedy Store past, with Melissa Leo essentially playing Mitzi Shore. The Comedy Store released a statement saying Shore, who died after battling Parkinson's Disease, "was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. We will all miss her dearly." The Comedy Store was her fifth child. She was, according to Los Angeles Times' Paul Brownfield, "all-powerful, during a remarkably fertile time for stand-up comedy — the 1970s and early '80s — when many of today's comedy stars showed up in L.A. to go onstage at the only place that mattered."
- Son Pauly Shore, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings pay tribute to Mitzi Shore on Twitter
- The Comedy Store released a star-studded "Thank you Mitzi" video just three days ago
- Kathy Griffin: "Mitzi Shore was a pioneer who gave more comics their start than I can count...I did my first legit comedy gig at the Store"
- Watch David Letterman's The Comedy Store 15-year reunion Top 10 list
- Pauly Shore tweeted his mom's final days -- he took her for her final visit to The Comedy Store on Monday
# TOPICS: Mitzi Shore, Showtime, I’m Dying Up Here, David Letterman, Garry Shandling , Jay Leno, Jim Carrey, Kathy Griffin, Marc Maron, Pauly Shore, Whitney Cummings, The Comedy Store, Obits, Stand-Up Comedy
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Kathy Griffin says she "loved" Anderson Cooper, but he became more interested in "shiny objects"
“Like, he wouldn’t do promos for me and stuff,” Griffin told Howard Stern on Tuesday. “But still, we would get together on New Year’s and the magic would happen and he’s smart and I love his mother.” She added: “I was in love with him as a friend. I loved him as a friend. (The friendship) was closer the first five years, then I think he’s the type of guy who’s into shiny objects, so later on he wasn’t as into it.” ALSO: Watch Griffin as Kellyanne Conway on The President Show.