Awards-obsessed Kathy Griffin isn't satisfied with having won an Emmy last year. Now she's going after two more — she's nominated for best reality program again ("My Life on the D-List") and best variety special ("Straight to Hell") — plus she's campaigning for a Grammy. Her new CD is brazenly titled "For Your Consideration."
"I am trying to be Rita Moreno," she confesses in our podcast chat. "How many times do I have to say it?" CLICK HERE to download or listen to the MP3 file. NOTE: You may need to hold down your computer's control key while clicking.
It's scary — and impressive — that Kathy Griffin knows about Rita Moreno. But it also proves that Kathy Griffin is our kind of gal. She's referring to one of 10 winners of showbiz awards' grand slam: Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony. How many other celebs are aware of that, eh? (The nine others on that list, by the way: Mel Brooks, John Gielgud, Whoopi Goldberg, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Mike Nichols, Richard Rodgers and music arranger Jonathan Tunick.)
When Kathy Griffin won the Emmy last year, she gave what can easily be pegged the most outrageous acceptance speech in all kudos history — so shocking that E! network bleeped her from its telecast of the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony, where she claimed the statuette a week before the main show.
If she wins this year, "believe me, something's going to happen," she promises Gold Derby. "This year I'm nominated for the creative arts plus the real fancy Emmys. Everybody's in trouble!"
Why did she cause such a hubbub last year? "When I watch these award shows I'm looking for the person who's going to say something inappropriate," she tells us. "I'm looking for the person's who going to cry to the point where they can't even speak. I'm looking for the person who's going to forget to thank their husband — like if Oprah forgot to thank Gail. Can you imagine? So I thought if I was ever even close to getting up there, I want it to be something people are talking about the next day."
In our podcast chat, Kathy confesses her awards-show addiction: "Look. Here's the deal. I'm such an awards show fanatic … I mean I watch every awards show … I'll watch, like, the Alma Awards … I'll watch anything."
And she's furious that the Emmys have asked five other reality hosts — including Heidi Klum ("Project Runway") — to emcee the ceremony and not her. "I am now going to enter into a murder-murder suicide with Heidi Klum," she swears.
Kathy also revisits her infamous firing from E! network, where she covered the red-carpet parade — up until, that is, she made a joke about 6-year-old Dakota Fanning going into rehab.
I picked her because she has this squeaky-clean perfect record," Kathy says. "I wouldn't make that joke about Miley Cyrus."
But Griffin shrugs off the whole kerfuffle that followed as "so silly and funny," adding, "It was hilarious. I loved the whole thing. In a way, I live for moments like that.... I got fired for making inappropriate jokes about celebrities, but you know what? Celebrities deserve it. They deserve it and they know it!" CLICK HERE to listen to listen to our full chat!