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EXCLUSIVE: Kathy Griffin’s New Bravo Show Might Be Too Gay To Function

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.


Click through for more of Queerty’s interview with Kathy Griffin


Kathy premieres on April 19th at 10pm EST Bravo. Photos:Lola Broadus. Philip Nelson, gdcgraphics, Bravo

On:           Apr 18, 2012
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    • Meowzer

      CAN. NOT. WAIT. I love Kathy and am looking forward to the show!

      Apr 18, 2012 at 8:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NateB79

      I know I’ll lose my gay card, but my God do I loathe that woman.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 9:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wes

      Love this woman. Fiercy, snarky and hilarious.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 10:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein

      @NateB79: Your Gay card just went right into the wood-chipper Nate.

      Kathy is SO right about Hollywood. It’s High School with publicists.

      Santorum may be headed for a big pile of Santorum, but there’s still Kirk Cameron. I do hope Kathy plans to follow his doings — off screen and on. It’s amazing what cell phones can capture these days. And the weather’s perfect fro a stroll in Griffith Park — if you get my drift.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Let's be real here

      *Yawn* Kathy Griffin really don’t care about LGBT people or our rights or equality. She just wants to use us to make money, get attention since she’s a media whore, and make jokes otherwise she could give a shit about LGBT people.

      David Ehrenstein I really could give a shit about Kirk Cameron. I never expected him to be all for LGBT equality and it’s pointless to try to make a bigot change their opinion. I doubt that he’s closeted or cruising Griffith Park; but then again you also like to pretend that James Franco is completely hetero when everyone knows he’s not and that he’s a closet queen.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein

      @Let’s be real here: Your handle should be “Let’s Be Delusional Here.”

      You “doubt that he’s closeted or cruising Griffith Park” while “everyone knows he’s [Franco] not and that he’s a closet queen.”?

      The air on your planet is mighty thin.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Let's be real here

      Read my post again. I wrote that you yourself Mr. Ehrenstein have denied that James Franco is bisexual or gay and you claim that he’s hetero. Now in reality everyone knows that Franco is a closet queen.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter Fitz

      She’s not funny, just nasty
      I never understood how she has a large gay following, I find many of her comments on Gays to be offensive

      Apr 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave

      I agree Peter Fitz as others have said she’s a media whore and pretty vile. Griffin is just as homoph_obic and bi_ph_obic as that other vile media whore Lisa Lampinelli. Both of these bigots masquerading as comedians take bad gay male stereotypes and stereotypes about LGBT people to the extreme and it’s offensive and not funny.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein

      @Let’s be real here: Who precisely is theis “Everybody” you speak of so glibly? Some car-hop? Some dress extra?

      Apr 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MKisNE

      sounds just gay enough I can’t wait. she can handle free form.

      Apr 19, 2012 at 12:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BlogShag

      She’s like a Rosie O Donnell that’s actually likable.

      Apr 19, 2012 at 5:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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