I knew this was going to be trouble when I saw the promo for it on CNN. What adolescent programmer thought this would be a good idea???
HAPPY #*%! NEW YEAR TO YOU, TOO!
COMIC KATHY LASHES OUT AT HECKLER ON CNN
By JEREMY OLSHAN
Last updated: 9:04 am
January 2, 2009
Comedienne Kathy Griffin may be doomed to life on CNN’s S-list after answering a heckler with a shrieking, vulgar tirade during the network’s live New Year’s Eve broadcast.
“Screw you,” she told the heckler. “Why don’t you get a job, buddy? You know what? I don’t go to your job and knock the dick out of your mouth.”
The raunchy exchange, which occurred well after the ball dropped at midnight, was received with guffaws by the camera crew.
Co-host Anderson Cooper, who spent the night playing the role of straight man to Griffin’s antics, then managed to break for commercial – although by that point, he could barely keep a straight face.
Cooper seemed to become increasingly uncomfortable with Griffin’s off-color remarks, including her request to “get a pap smear from [CNN medical reporter] Dr. Sanjay Gupta,” and her description of former CNN host Glenn Beck as a “heroin addict Mormon.”
But wishing viewers a Happy “Blue” Year seems to have been exactly why Griffin, star of the Bravo reality-TV show “My Life on the D-List,” was tapped for the show for the second year running.
“Do you love watching thousands of screaming people and a giant ball falling from the sky?” Griffin states on her Web site. “How about we add in Kathy Griffin, Anderson Cooper and a live mike? Yes, we thought you’d be excited.”
A spokeswoman for CNN did not return a call for comment. The remarks were edited out of the rebroadcast of the show for the West Coast.
Except when speaking the name of the vice president, CNN goes out of its way to avoid using the D-word. In 2007, while reporting on the popular “Saturday Night Live” short by Justin Timberlake and cast member Andy Samberg, CNN replaced the offending word in its title, calling it “(Blank) in a Box.”
It’s unclear what exactly provoked Griffin’s use of oral-sex imagery, or whether she realized the show had yet to cut to a commercial break.
In clips of the incident posted on YouTube, Griffin appears to be addressing one or more Times Square revelers who had hung around after the ball had dropped. Making outlandish remarks that put audiences on edge has long been part of her shtick.
Accepting an Emmy for her Bravo show in 2007, she 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. So, all I can say is, ‘Suck it, Jesus.’ This award is my god now.” Her speech was denounced by Christian groups and largely edited out of the later broadcast.
Griffin has not addressed the matter on her blog and could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Unfortunatley, this will *NOT* come up for FCC review, because the FCC mistakenly believes that Cable broadcasts are not part of it’s charter. Message to the FCC:
Cable broadcasts that originate in the U.S. and are disseminated throughout the U.S. are under the direct purview of the Federal *COMMUNICATIONS* Commission; the fact theat they are not broadcast over the airwaves is just a minor detail of the dissemination.
CNN needs a fat fine to remind them that most Americans find this vulgar behavior objectionable and obnoxious. Kathy Griffin needs her own fat fine to pull her up short as well.
Gee, I’m glad I watch Fox News.