Kathy, Kathy Griffin’s new weekly series on Bravo, is not another season of her life on the not-so-D List. And it’s not a talk show in the traditional sense. Premiering Thursday night at 10pm EST, the hourlong show will be very free-form: No band, no skits—and no celebrities.
Not that the stars foibles won’t be discussed. Griffin just wants to be able to snipe at them in peace.
“I am not gonna have celebrity guests. Why would I?” she exclaims. “Nothing is off limits—no person is off limits. I just have to surround myself with civilians. I want to really be able to talk smack about [them], which I can’t do if they’re sitting in a swivel chair two inches away from me.”
In fact, the only star sharing the stage with the redhead spitfire is her mom, Maggie, who will be Chuy to Griffin’s Chelsea. “Now that my mother’s become an international superstar, she’s trying to pull some difficult diva b.s,” teases Griffin. “Now she wants wine in a bottle.”
Queerty’s Evan Mulvihill chatted with Griffin about the new show, her gays and Santorum—the politician, that is.
What shows are you using as inspiration for Kathy‘s format?
Kids Say The Darndest Things and Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader. No, to tell you the truth, I’m 51-year- old. Elements of Carson inspired me—everything from when Joan Rivers took over and, of course, was outrageous. The Mike Douglas Show, all the shows that are currently on. What I’m going to do on the show, and I would appreciate it if you didn’t anyone tell at NBC Universal about this, I’m going to really have a lack of structure that will be dazzling to you and a nightmare to the editing booth. I think it should have a discussion feel, a chatty feel and, more importantly, people should feel free to say whatever the fuck they want.
What do you have on the show for your gay fans?
I have a little too much for them. My struggle is going to get the straights. This show is for married men on the down-low. For experimental men who are a little too well-dressed. Ones with girlfriends who they’re just waiting for the right time to tell her something. Or guys who just cheated on their girlfriends and really need to fucking make it up to her. This is for guys that can fake liking the show for their girlfriend, but actually don’t give a shit and are just trying to get laid.
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