Comedian Kathy Griffin is returning to South Florida and plans to tell the whole story about her recent, highly publicized exit from E! Entertainment’s hit series, “Fashion Police.”
Two months ago, Griffin suddenly announced her departure from the show after filming just seven episodes.
At the time, she released the following statement:
“Listen, I'm no saint – I'm a feminist AND a Gurrrrl who loves an offensive joke or a well-timed barb and you will find plenty in my repertoire. But I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance toward difference. I want to help women, gay kids, people of color and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH. That has been my platform for decades and my body of style does not fit with the creative direction of the show & now it's time to move on.”
In a recent phone interview, Griffin, who has made her career lampooning Hollywood celebrities, bristled at the notion she might be going soft.
“God knows, I’m too smart and I’m better than that,” she said. “Going out and calling somebody fat or ugly—that’s just low hanging fruit—looking at photos and trying to find a physical flaw with somebody who is physically perfect and has a team of stylists. I have a shelf of awards that show what I do is different than that.”
And when she returns to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Griffin promises the kind of edgy comedy that earned her Emmy and Grammy awards, legions of devoted fans and, yes, even lifted her off the D-list.
“I’m not holding back. You know me,” Griffin explained. “I’m going to be bringing the heat.”
After the recent premiere of “Going Clear,” the HBO expose of Scientology, she pointed out she went after the religion “before it was cool.” Griffin even speculated that John Travolta, Kirstie Alley or Tom Cruise would “take me off the stage at the Broward (Center) and throw me in the hole. They call me a suppressive person.”
She also plans to dish on her favorite non-celebrity family, the Kardashians.
Griffin said, “They really need to go away. In fact, Rob’s already gone missing,” calling it a start. “The real comedy in Kim Kardashian is that her husband (Kanye West) dresses her like a doll. They don’t think I’m going soft.”
Although the family’s patriarch, Bruce Jenner, who is reportedly undergoing sex reassignment, is off the table.
“Whatever Bruce wants, he should get,” she said, even if her 95-year-old “beloved and alcoholic” mother can’t understand why the former Olympian would want to become a “lady man.”
She’ll also be calling out politicians. Griffin is an enthusiastic supporter of presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“It’s about time there’s a female president. As a female standup comic and being in a field that is dominated by males, I’ve had it. Women need to stand up and say it,” Griffin explained.
Her political dream team? Clinton and Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, but President Suze Orman would also suit her—a female, a lesbian and a financial wizard, all wrapped up into one.
While she isn’t expecting many Jeb Bush supporters at her performances, they are welcome.
Griffin is definitely looking forward to her return to the sunshine state. She noted she does more performances in Florida and New Jersey than any other states. Florida, in particular, has so many different markets and there is a world of difference from Miami to Jacksonville, which she described as “almost Georgia.”
Most importantly, she’s looking forward to seeing her LGBT fans. While on the trip, Griffin is also planning to officiate a same sex wedding in Key West.
“I’ll always love my gays,” she concluded.
Comedian Kathy Griffin appears live at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. For tickets, go to Kravis.org and BrowardCenter.org.