Kathy Griffin Isnât Sorry for New Yearâs Eve Antics, TV Watchdog Group Responds
âIf you think this is the part where Iâm gonna apologize for trying to go down on Anderson Cooper, you are sorely mistaken,â the 52-year-old said during an interview with David Letterman on Wednesday night. âI tried, ladies and gays. I tried for you.â
In case you were busy watching Ryan Seacrest on network TV, the whole thing started when Griffinâs co-host for New Yearâs Eve coverage on CNN, Anderson Cooper, cut away during their broadcast from Times Square to a fellow reporter covering a New Yearâs tradition in a small town in Maine, where residents take turns kissing a giant sardine. While the reporter was explaining what was going on there, Griffin bent down and kissed Cooperâs crotch. After he responded with his signature giggle while shaking his head, she went back for more, at which point he tried turning around and stepping away, asking: âDid you drop something.
Griffin, of course, didnât miss a beat: âI can do it again, I do this all night long,â she said, dropping to her knees. Cooper, laughing, pulled her up, saying, âNo, sweetie.â
On Wednesdayâs âLate Show With David Letterman,â the hostÂ asked what Griffin would have done if the roles were reversed, and a man tried the same move with her on TV.
"If it was Anderson Cooper, myself, and every other gay guy and woman, I'd unzip so fast,â Griffin deadpanned. âBoom. Pants down."
Check out the interview and clips from the New Yearâs Eve broadcast here:
While the comedian and reality star is well known for her raunchy humor and has made news in previous years for her dirty jokes, blue comments, and swear-word slips during her previous three CNN New Yearâs broadcasts, the Parents Television Council isnât laughing. Melissa Henson, the organizationâs director of communications and public education Â tells omg! her organization believes the comedian should indeed apologize and CNN should not give her the gig again next year.
âGriffin simulated oral sex during a live broadcast on New Yearâs Eve, where there is a reasonable expectation families with children will be watching, waiting for the ball to drop,â says Henson.â âShould parents not expect a modicum of decency and decorum from a news network? This wasnât Comedy Central or MTV, it was CNN.â
And though he laughed off Griffinâs stunt, Henson says her group has no problem with how the anchor dealt with the situation. âHe handled it with grace and dignity, and tried to cover up Griffinâs embarrassing behavior as best he could.â
Griffinâs publicist did not respond to a request for comment, but itâs pretty clear she has no regrets about the gag.
So what do you think, did the Queen of the D-List go too far this year?
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