Kathy Griffin announces she’s leaving “The D-List”


I used to watch Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List in the first seasons. Actually, I think the only season I didn’t pay much attention to was last season. It’s hard for Kathy to still claim she’s on the D-List when she’s winning Emmys and hosting New Year’s celebrations with Anderson Cooper. So, maybe she’s C-List now. Or B-List, even. Thus, Kathy is cancelling her show, as she just announced to People Magazine. She’s predictably funny about it too, comparing herself to Kate Gosselin:

Kathy Griffin is off the D-list. The comedian is ending the six season – and Emmy Award-winning – run of her hit Bravo show, My Life on the D-List, she tells PEOPLE.

“It was a really tough decision because I think of the D-List as pretty much my baby for the last six seasons and I also think it was really time to stop doing it,” Griffin, 50, says by phone from L.A. “Reality is great, but I really didn’t set out to be a reality star. So now it’s time to spread my wings and show that I’m a little different than Kate Gosselin.”

“I’m not saying better,” she says, laughing, “but maybe separate myself from the pack a little bit.”

Not that Griffin is leaving Bravo. In fact, the network has enlisted her for four brand-new comedy specials, which will air quarterly in 2011.

“There is no better way to start off 2011 than giving Kathy Griffin an unprecedented four new stand-up comedy specials on Bravo in one year,” network executive Andy Cohen said Wednesday in a statement. “Kathy’s quick fire humor and ability to tap into pop culture make for must watch television.”

And Griffin is happy to hit the road for the network. “I just cannot get enough or do enough stand-up,” she says. “And there’s so much fun stuff going on – from Oprah’s launch of [cable network] OWN … not to mention the new Paula Abdul show [Live to Dance] or who knows what celebrity run-in I’ve had myself.”

And, with the first special possibly taping in Milwaukee in early February, Griffin promises to keep her jokes fresh.

“[I’m] trying to keep the material as up to the minute as possible,” she says. “Audiences know when they come to see me live, they’re going to see new stuff. [And] as long as there’s a show called My Strange Addiction about a woman who only eats toilet paper … then I have to do stand up.”

In addition to the stand-up specials, Griffin hopes to make a return to sitcoms in the future with an improvised series – think Curb Your Enthusiasm – that involves, according to the comedian, “some characters from the D-List that you’ve come to love, and then maybe I’ll have actors play a couple other characters that are from my real life.”

And Griffin, who is a People’s Choice Award nominee, has her sights on nabbing her first-ever Grammy Award at Feb. 13’s ceremony. “First of all, I just want to win,” she says of her best comedy album nod. “I have no deep answer for that. I just want to.”

“Second of all,” she continues, “only two women [comedians] have won in the history of the Grammys: Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg. So I certainly would like it to go to a woman this year. A woman named Kathy Griffin. Perhaps you’ve heard of her?”

[From People]

That’s nice that she’s getting an unprecedented four comedy specials – those are always really good, and her standup act always amuses me. Watching it is like gossiping with a friend. She always has funny stories, and she always tells them in a great way.

By the way, was anyone else relatively sober and watching CNN on New Year’s? She and Anderson Cooper were particularly hilarious together. You put the two of them in front of a camera together, and they could riff off of each other for days. Now THAT is a comedy special I would like to see.



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  1. anti says:

    if she and anderson got a show together i would LOVE it!

  2. PrettyTarheel says:

    Why oh why couldn’t AC like women? This woman in particular. Loved him since Channel 1.

  3. Hautie says:

    I am hoping Anderson would have her on his new show, just to do a weekly gossip session.

    Since he is not shy about talking about things that annoy him, that air on random reality TV shows, it would be great to hear them talk about it once a week.

  4. Javagirl1 says:

    Did anyone see those two kids that came on last on Live to dance last night? Absolutely incredible!

  5. Jackson says:

    Mmmm mmmm, love me some AC.

    @Hautie – that is an excellent idea! Make it happen AC!

  6. neelyo says:

    She always makes Anderson giggle like a ticklish spinster.

  7. hello says:

    OMG Hautie I’ve been hoping the same thing!!!!! And I think it might actually happen, Anderson really does get such a kick out of her and I’m willing to bet he’d love to have her on his show in some sort of recurring way.

  8. Roxanne75 says:

    Can she leave the planet please?

  9. SoulLovah says:

    That last picture of them is so great! (Minus the creeper in the background.) But uhhh is that a wig? The last pic compared to the first has her hair looking redder and fuller.

    Ah well. She looks good. She’s definitely not a D-list celeb anymore!

  10. hello says:

    Roxanne75, Can you leave the planet please or start by just leaving the internet and do everyone a favor.

  11. samihami says:

    I agree with Roxanne. Griffin stopped being funny several years ago. Don’t know why people are still fascinated with her.

    Oh, well. I don’t have to watch her. There’s plenty of actual entertainment available out there.

  12. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I don’t know about her being an actual actresss. I honestly just don’t think that’ll be her thing. I love her best as a stand up comedien. It’s just like Kaiser said … it feels like gossiping with a bitchy friend … you know it’s wrong but you sip your coffee and laugh and indulge a bit.

  13. Megan says:

    do not feed the troll

  14. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    I was not anywhere near sober NY but I wish I coulda seen some of it.

  15. BReed says:

    She is on THE D-list. Permanently.

  16. MrsOdie2 says:

    She was terrible on Law and Order SVU. She needs to stick to stand up comedy, where she is very funny.

  17. Anti-icon says:

    This is a really smart business move by a VERY talented comic. I love KG, she is very aware of her talent, and also, I think she is honorable in the way she runs her life. I love her comedy specials; and the TV show she “envisions” for herself sounds like one that she would make even funnier than Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is a funny show.

  18. Roxanne75 says:

    @hello–why? You actually like this beastly carrot top look-a-like thing?

  19. gabs says:

    I LOVE Kathy G. Its a good decision to stop the reality show. Its getting old. I stopped watching last season too. Her comedy specials are always great so ill watch those. Maybe she’ll have a funny sitcom! I still remember her from “Suddenly Susan”. She CAN do it. I missed cnn new years eve this year, hopefully I can find clips on youtube, her and anderson are gold together

  20. Deniz says:

    I agree MrsOdie2. She was ridiculous on SVU. Terrible overacting. However, she did get to kiss detective Stabler. So jealous!

  21. Str8Shooter says:

    She is one of the funniest comediennes out there today…hands down! Love her stand up, very few can do what she does and get away with it..and be hysterical!

    That being said…the whole “D-list” thing was ridiculous. That train left the station LONG ago!

  22. LolaBella says:

    I like Kathy and her stand up specials are hilarious.

    Her behind the scenes stories about the stars are what keep me coming back for more, so I’m glad Bravo is keeping her.

    However, My Life On The DList stopped being funny a long time ago. I think the dynamic changed after her husband left, then her father died and when her tattooed assistant left.

    NYE with her and Anderson is a good time, they have great chemistry.

  23. icantbelievethis says:

    She was so funny with AC on NYE. His giggling was hilarious. Love them together.

  24. C-Love says:

    I’m a HUGE Kathy Griffin convert. Loathed her on Suddenly Susan, but cannot get enough of her as a stand-up comedienne or on The D List. Besides the fact that she makes me laugh my face off, I love that she calls pretentious celebs (and other idiots) on their bullshit. She ROCKS.

  25. Raven says:

    Did anyone see his show last night? He had Larry’s time slot plus his own and had Kathy on with Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller, talking comedy. She seems to loosen him up. He becomes more spontaneous and less defensive.

  26. Matt says:

    I love Kathy, but the D List show is played out – she should have stopped doing it two seasons ago.

    I agree with others who are saying her acting gigs are normally terrible, but she would be great on a round-table type show with Anderson Cooper.


    “He had Larry’s time slot plus his own and had Kathy on with Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller, talking comedy. She seems to loosen him up. He becomes more spontaneous and less defensive.”

    I didnt see that, but that is exactly what both of them should be doing.

  27. rosie says:

    Do not feed the Megan

  28. JenJen says:

    I love Kathy. I think she would be great with a talk show,if Rosie and Rivers could do it,she sure could and better. I wish she would tell that boring white-haired prick to go f-himself,probably the only person he thinks he is good enough for.

  29. Aspie says:

    Ugh, I still don’t get her appeal, she is simply unfunny.

  30. buell says:

    The funniest person on the D-List is her mom.

  31. Hakura says:

    Is it just me, or do she and Anderson Cooper look a lot alike in that last picture? (Like brother & sister almost?) xD Their skin looks exactly the same color.

    I don’t know, my opinion of her is mixed. Not consistently wonderful, not consistently awful. Maybe just not my type of humor.

  32. Adrien says:

    I love Kathy Griffin. I don’t know why.

  33. Val says:

    She needs a regular TV gig to remain relevant, but the D List became unwatchable the last couple of seasons.