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During LA show, Kathy Griffin shares details of fight she had with Ellen DeGeneres after the death of Joan Rivers

I loved Joan Rivers and I’m a big fan of both Kathy Griffin and Ellen DeGeneres. But I have to say I don’t think Kathy was being fair to Ellen in her most recent LA show because DeGeneres was not a fan of Joan’s very different kind of humor.

Variety reports that Kathy got into a fight with Ellen after Joan died.

“One of the things that really hurt Joan, and we talked about it at our last meal together, was that Ellen always shunned her and Ellen thought she was vulgar and not funny,” Griffin said, noting that DeGeneres thinks she’s also too vulgar. But when Rivers died, Griffin wanted to reach out.

“I just called her and I just said, ‘Look, woman to woman, comic to comic, I think you need to let go of your hatred for Joan Rivers. She’s passed away, just do a f—ing tribute, be cool,’” Griffin said.

But according to Griffin, DeGeneres wasn’t having it and responded that “there’s a difference between mean and funny” and Rivers was mean.

“That f—ing set me off,” Griffin admitted. “So we had a fight in which I used inflammatory words like, ‘Look you f—ing untalented hack.’ … You know when you’re fighting with someone and you can kind of laugh at a point? Yeah, not that day.”

A couple of days later, Griffin said she texted DeGeneres to say she couldn’t stop thinking about the fight they had. “It was so ‘Dynasty’ that I demand to be Alexis as long as you’re Krystle,” she recalled writing. “I think we should do a scene in the pool, I think there should be big hats [and] that bitch didn’t even respond! But that was a good idea!”



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2 Remarks

  1. I loved Joan but will agree that sometimes she went too far, veering into mean spirited snark. She normally brought it back in eventually though.

  2. Ellen is the current Queen of television and for good reason. She’s doing a Hell of a lot of good for the LGBTQ community and humanity in general. But, Kathy always shoots for the stars. She’s hoping Ellen will take the bait and give her some publicity. I doubt it.

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