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Video: Kathy Griffin dishes her ultimate Emmy nightmares -- Ryan Seacrest and no tickets

August 11, 2010 |  7:26 pm

"If you're going to start throwing Ryan Seacrest around, then you just want me to burst into tears and have this interview be nominated for best dramatic actress next year!" Kathy Griffin gasps during our webcam chat about her Emmy bout for best reality program.

Of course, I had to mention Seacrest up front. It's too juicy, bizarre and hilarious that Griffin's "My Life on the D-List" is nominated against a program ("Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution") produced by her old nemesis. Their feud dates to 2005 when Griffin replaced Joan Rivers as E! network's red-carpet host at the Golden Globes, then lost the job to Seacrest when a hubbub erupted over her joke that 11-year-old Dakota Fanning had gone into rehab.

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To appreciate the irony of their current Emmy battle, it's key to keep two points in mind:

1.) Griffin is obsessed with the Emmys. In this interview, she confesses that she carried "Emmy and Emily" (the statuettes she won in 2007 and 2008) around so much that they got damaged, needed welding. Last year she told Gold Derby, "I'll trade my mother for a third Emmy!" (Her show lost to "Intervention.")

2.) Griffin jokes about Ryan Seacrest relentlessly — and savagely.

Now that Seacrest, of all people, has invaded the Emmy category she feels she owns (she's been nominated for four years in a row), she's freaking out.

"I think the jury is in – we have proof," she says. "Ryan is clearly trying to kill me!"

Griffin worries that the Emmys themselves may be out to get her. "I still don't have tickets to the primetime Emmys even though I won two and I'm nominated for two again," she notes eerily. "I've offered to the academy to be a seat-filler. You know what would be funny? Seeing me sitting next to Kyra Sedgwick when Kevin Bacon goes to the bathroom."

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Griffin does have tickets to the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony -- what she nicknames "the Schmemmys" -- where her category will be decided on Aug. 21. She's talking about not having tickets to the main prime-time telecast eight days later.

I invite Griffin to sit with me backstage in the general press room. "You can get me a press pass?!" she gasps gleefully. "I'm really serious about this because I think this is a really funny idea and nobody else would do it. Do you really think you could get me a press pass or will they so no? Just look into it!"

Griffin has good reason to worry that she's still in trouble with Emmy chieftains. When she won in 2007, she said at the podium, "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."

She went on to hold up her Emmy, make a racy remark about Christ and proclaim, "This award is my god now!" Her speech was so blasphemous that it was censored when telecast by E! network and reported in print media. The academy issued an unprecedented apology.

When Griffin was nominated again the next year, she promised to be good if she won, but she dropped F-bombs when she was called to the stage, adding, "I'm not going to tell anyone to suck it. I would make love to this thing if I could."

So I ask her now: What will she do this year if she wins?

"If I win, let me just say something that is water-cooler talk, but will not get me banned from anything or kicked off anything," she replies. "It will just leave you with a hint of excitement and regret."

In addition to "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," the other shows competing against Griffin's "My Life on the D-List" for the Emmy as best reality program are "Antiques Roadshow," "Dirty Jobs," "MythBusters" and "Undercover Boss."


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PODCAST: Kathy Griffin warns 'Everybody's in trouble!' if she wins an Emmy again (2008)

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Inside track: Emmy race for best reality program

June 21, 2010 |  6:07 am
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"Antiques Roadshow"
"Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew"
"Dirty Jobs"
"Dog Whisperer"
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution"
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List"
"Shatner's Raw Nerve"
"Penn & Teller ..."
"Who Do You Think You Are?"

SPOTLIGHT: Here's proof that Hollywood 1) is crazy and 2) spends recklessly. Many of TV's most trashy shows have not only filled out forms to compete for the industry's highest award, but also paid $400 to $800 entry fees: "Jersey Shore," "Jon & Kate Plus 8," "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and "Real Housewives" of Atlanta, New Jersey, New York City and Orange County.

"Ace of Cakes"
"I Survived"
"Kirstie Alley's Big Life"
"Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood"

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'Offensive' Kathy Griffin to host Creative Arts Emmys

July 14, 2009 |  1:06 pm

Over the last two years, Kathy Griffin has blasphemed Jesus and dropped F-bombs while accepting awards at the Creative Arts Emmys, but she will officially preside over the event at Nokia Theatre on Sept. 12. Even though the TV academy has publicly denounced her performance at the podium as "offensive" in the past, she will host the ceremony that she frequently mocks as the "Schmemmys." The Creative Arts Emmys are a target for jokes because they honor mostly technicians, makeup artists and other crafts workers at a low-profile gala held prior to the main Emmy bash telecast on network TV.

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In 2008 and 2007, while nominated at the Schmemmys, Kathy Griffin's Bravo show, "My Life on the D-List," won best reality program and probably would've skated to easy victory again this year if not for the breakout success of "Jon and Kate Plus 8," which will probably nab its first nomination this Thursday. While presiding as host, will Griffin erupt in a tirade of F-bombs is she loses? Or if she wins?

When she triumphed in 2007, Kathy Griffin's acceptance speech caused major hubbub: "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." Then she added: "Hell has frozen over. ... it, Jesus. This award is my god now!"

TV academy chiefs issued a statement denouncing her remarks as "offensive," and they were heavily censored when her win was shown on the edited version of the ceremony aired by E! Entertainment network.

When she won in 2008, she dropped lots of F-bombs that were also edited out of taped version of the show aired later on E!: "Well, well, well! Here we go again . . . . Here we go again!" Looking around the auditorium, she acknowledged some celebs in the audience, adding, "Hanks, Gandolfini — what the … ! I'm not going to tell anyone to ... it. I would make love to this thing if I could."

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Can Kathy Griffin's 'D-List' fend off 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' at the Emmys?

June 23, 2009 |  9:01 pm

Kathy Griffin has been romping victoriously over the Emmy category for best reality program the past two years, but may be tangling with a monster now when facing off against "Jon & Kate Plus 8." The hit TLC reality series has never been nominated, but Emmy contenders are chosen by a popular ballot, which boosts its odds now given the show's high profile. News that Jon and Kate Gosselin are busting up may hurt its odds, but the vast majority of ballots are already in accountants' hands considering voting ends this Friday.

Past repeat nominees in this category include "Antiques Roadshow" and "Extreme Makeover," so they'll likely be back again. Last year, "Intervention" and "Dirty Jobs" were nommed; "Dog Whisperer" and "Penn & Teller: Bull ... " made the lineup two years ago.

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Below, we handicap the list of all contenders in the category. See the official Emmy ballot here.  

When Kathy Griffin won two years ago, censors zapped her blasphemous acceptance speech. Last year, she promised to behave if she won again, but she dropped F-bombs on stage, adding, "I'm not going to tell anyone to ... it. I would make love to this thing if I could."

What about this year? In her webcam chat with Gold Derby, Kathy addressed Emmy voters, proclaiming, "I am your clay, television academy, so if you want me to drop trou and accept bottomless, so be it. I want a third Emmy in the way most people want the stock market to rebound or Angelina Jolie wants one more kid. I will trade my mother for a third Emmy. No offense to her. She's lovely. But I will do whatever it takes."

"Ace of Cakes"
"Antiques Roadshow"
"Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew"
"Dirty Jobs"
"The Dog Whisperer"
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
"Jon & Kate Plus 8"
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List"
"Man vs. Wild"
"Penn & Teller: Bull ...!"

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Video: Kathy Griffin tattles, 'I'll trade my mother for a third Emmy!'

June 3, 2009 |  7:25 am

After winning best reality program for the last two years, Kathy Griffin confesses to Gold Derby, "I want a third Emmy in the way most people want the stock market to rebound or Angelina Jolie wants one more kid. I have an Emmy-winning disorder, which I'm very open about. I want to win a third Emmy, and I want to wrestle it out of the dead hands of Ty Pennington. I'm sorry. I know he helps people. I'm sorry."

In our webcam chat, Kathy confesses that she'll even make a supreme sacrifice for another chunk of TV academy gold: "I am willing to trade one family member each year I win an Emmy. Now I'm going to go out on a limb here because all know that the real reason people watch 'My Life on the D-List' is because of my mother and no offense to her ... but this year I will trade my mother for a third Emmy. Now I've discussed it with her as well as her nurse, and she knows it's not personal. But I will do whatever it takes, and she and I have an agreement."


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Kathy Griffin wins an Emmy — and shocks — again (2008)

Triumphant Kathy Griffin asks, 'Is it bad to say that I love this Emmy more than my family?' (2008)

Kathy Griffin refuses to go anywhere without her Emmys (2008)

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Kathy Griffin refuses to go anywhere without her Emmys

October 31, 2008 |  8:42 am

The winner of best reality program at the Emmys for the past two years brought her statuettes along when she appeared on Craig Ferguson's show Monday night.

"I can tell you think it's tacky that I brought them," Kathy Griffin said, but she said she doesn't care, confessing that she carts them around everywhere. "I even take them to the In and Out Burger."

There's a lot of other talk about Emmys in this clip as Kathy spills beans about hanging out with Don Rickles at the awardsfest — and, of course, she disses her nemesis Ryan Seacrest in the aftermath of the bad reviews he and his four fellow reality TV hosts got for co-hosting.

If it strikes you as weird that there's a lot of odd talk of lesbians in this clip, you should know that it's a continuation of what happened on the show before the start of this clip — when Craig has fun riffing with a lesbian in the audience.


Triumphant Kathy Griffin asks, 'Is it bad to say that I love this Emmy more than my family?'

September 14, 2008 | 11:22 am

I had to bleep a few f-bombs, but otherwise here's what the repeat Emmy winner of best reality program ("My Life on the D List") Kathy Griffin told us back in the press room after her victory on Sunday at the creative arts awards.


Kathy Griffin wins an Emmy — and shocks — again

September 13, 2008 |  6:55 pm


After shocking the Emmys' creative arts ceremony last year with a profane acceptance speech invoking Jesus Christ, Kathy Griffin won best reality program again for "My Life on the D List" — and riled up the audience again, but left the almightly alone.

"No way!" she gasped in her seat when she heard her name called as winner. Upon arriving at the podium, she gasped, "Well, well, well! Here we go again, f—ers. Here we go again!" Looking around the auditorium, she acknowledged some celebs in the audience, adding, "Hanks, Gandolfini — what the f—! I'm not going to tell anyone to suck it. I would make love to this thing if I could."

Backstage, Griffin told reporters that she toned down her speech this year because she's worried that she might be fired from being an awards presenter next week at the main Primetime show. She's never been a presenter in the past.

Call this year's show the Bleeping Emmys — except that none of it was bleeped. Swearing was a pervasive theme of the Creative Arts ceremony, considering the wins by "I'm F—ing Matt Damon" earlier in the day plus the victory of Bud Lite's "Swear Box" as best commercial.

Last Emmy Award of the day went to Tim Conway, the sixth Emmy of his career: guest actor in a comedy series for portraying an old-time TV legend on "30 Rock."

"Where did the time go?" Conway sighed at the podium, referring to the three-and-a-half-hour ceremony. "I've been here since 9 o'clock — 1918!" Swinging the Emmy around, he ended up sticking one of its pointed wings into his chest. Pretending that he couldn't pull it out and that he was in enormous pain, he rushed offstage, still holding the Emmy aimed at his bosom. And then the Creative Arts Emmy show was over.

Nobody from the Tony Awards showed up to accept the new award for best award program!

And Don Rickles wasn't present to receive the first Emmy of his career (best variety special) for his first nomination ever.

Bill Maher lost both of his two nominations today, increasing his tally as Emmy's biggest loser to 21.

Kathy Griffin, "My Life on the D List"

Tim Conway, "30 Rock"

"Mr. Warmth, the Don Rickles Project"

"Swear Jar," Bud Lite

"Camp Lazlo"

"Great Moments From The Campaign Trail,"

"Tony Awards"




Gold Derby nuggets: Hayden Panettiere joins Emmy presenters | Kathy Griffin too? | DGA awards set for Jan. 31, Latin Grammy noms for Sept. 10

August 27, 2008 |  3:16 pm


• More Emmy presenters have been announced: America Ferrera, Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Hayden Panettiere (pictured at right), William Petersen and Vanessa Williams. They join the previously announced lineup: Marcia Cross, Dana Delany, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker, Nicollette Sheridan, Hugh Laurie, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, plus Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Marc Malkin of E! Online reports that Kathy Griffin will probably be added to the lineup soon, which could make the Sept. 21 show quite interesting considering the heaven-hurled lightning bolts she had to dodge for days after accepting her Emmy for best reality program at the Creative Arts show last year. Don't remember? Check out our podcast chat with Kathy HERE in which she warns that, if she wins again, "Everybody's in trouble!" Hmmm. Is that true if she also gets to the podium as presenter?


• The Directors Guild of America will present its awards on Jan. 31 at the Century Plaza Hotel. Ballots for feature films will be mailed to members on Dec. 1, TV ballots on Dec. 15. Film nominations will be unveiled on Jan. 8, TV bids on Jan. 9.

• Nominations for the Latin Grammys will be announced early morning on Sept. 10 by Tejano singer Graciela Beltran, Latin R&B/reggaeton singer/producer Flex, actor Esai Morales and past Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs. The awards ceremony will be held on Nov. 13 at the Toyota Center in Houston, telecast by Univision Network at 8 p.m. ET.

'30 Rock,' 'Family Guy,' Michael C. Hall and Kathy Griffin really rock the Gold Derby TV Awards

August 8, 2008 |  7:20 am

For many years our forum posters have not been content just dishing (sometimes dissing) who wins various Hollywood awards. They absolutely insist upon bestowing their own.

"Drum roll, please!" cries our forums moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum, who organized and oversaw the nominations and awards process. "Here are the official winners for 2008!"


No surprise that "30 Rock" really rocked, sweeping the races for best comedy series, actor (Alec Baldwin) and actress (Tina Fey). Our posters go ga-ga for the show — and should. It's that great and deserving of these laurels. But there was a (nice) shockeroo in the race for best drama actor. As "Dexter's" sly serial killer, Michael C. Hall slayed media darling Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and Hugh Laurie ("House"). Too bad James Spader ("Boston Legal") wasn't nominated, eh?

The fact that "Mad Men" also lost the kudo for best drama series is a jolt. Hmmm … makes ya wonder: Could "Lost" find its way back home at the Emmys too — where it won this program prize in 2005?

To see the full list of nominees plus the reax of our forum posters, CLICK HERE! Many thanks to our other two forum moderators for working with Beachum to organize the voting process: Robert "Rob L" Licuria and Andrew Pickett.

"30 Rock" (NBC)

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on "30 Rock"

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock"

Kristin Chenoweth as Olive Snook on "Pushing Daisies"

Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson on "How I Met Your Mother"

Amy Ryan as Holly on "The Office"

Will Arnett as Devon Banks on "30 Rock"

"Pushing Daisies" for "Pie-Lette"
directed by Barry Sonnenfeld; written by Bryan Fuller

"Lost" (ABC)

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes on "Damages"

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan on "Dexter"

Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey on "Grey's Anatomy"

Michael Emerson as Ben Linus on "Lost"

Cynthia Nixon as Janis Donovan on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper on "Mad Men"

"Lost" for "The Constant" — directed by Jack Bender; written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof

"John Adams" (HBO)



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PODCAST: Kathy Griffin warns 'Everybody's in trouble!' if she wins an Emmy again

August 1, 2008 | 10:20 pm

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!  

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