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D-List premiere: what list is Griffin on now?

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 8th 2009 5:18PM
Kathy GriffinFor four seasons on Bravo, Kathy Griffin has been trying to crawl her way off of what she called "The D-List," taking humiliating gigs and opening up a lot of her personal life to the cameras to try to get some attention. Truthfully, though, Griffin has been off of the D-List for quite some time, which makes tonight's season five premiere of My Life on the D-List (8 PM, Bravo) a bit puzzling. What list is she on now?

Griffin has now won two Emmys for the D-List, had a string of popular stand-up specials on Bravo, and her comedy album For Your Consideration, was nominated for a Grammy this year (she lost to George Carlin's It's Bad For Ya). And this season features appearances by Paris Hilton, Rosie O'Donnell, T.I., Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, and Christina Aguilera - quite a cast for someone supposedly fighting obscurity. Plus, her book Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, hits stores in September on Ballantine Books.

Then again, Griffin faced a similar problem last year, and the season was still entertaining. But she'll have to fight even harder to convince us she's still on the mythical D-List this season. She may not be at a level of superstardom, but really, once you've gotten to a certain point of notoriety, how far are the gradations between these stratospheres? What I'm looking forward to is the day Griffin gets so big that she has to deal with the next Kathy Griffin, thus locking the world in a celebrity-knocking vortex that may very well destroy the world. Or something.

Here's an interview with Griffin at the 2009 Grammy Awards, from Chicago's Q101.1. You can see her spinning the D-List defense at one point, talking about some Playboy Bunnies.


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TK101

I personally think she's funny as hell, regardless of any list. She's always current, always willing to push her comedy forward (even if a joke goes bad on her, and they have). I watch every episode.

TK

June 09 2009 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GL

The premise of your first sentence is wrong. I still think she's D List.

June 08 2009 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jothie

D list!

If you are on a reality tv show you can't be higher than D list. Period. A and B list celebrities have standards. Someone should tell Kathy Griffin you dont get to be a bigger celebrity by putting your face on every white-trash network, show and product you can find. I wouldnt cross the street to spit on her, let alone shake her hand or ask for an autograph. White trash on television is still white trash.

I will wait patiently for all the "No he didnt"(with the accompanied head sway) and "Jerry Jerry Jerry Jerry" flame about to come my way!

June 08 2009 at 6:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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