Comedian Kathy Griffin has a love-hate relationship with TV talk shows. They ban her for trashing celebrities or spouting profanities, and she loves it — or at least she thrives on the publicity. It's all part of the brash style that fuels her Emmy-winning celebreality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, in its sixth season on Bravo.
Over the years, Griffin says she has been banned from The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Live With Regis and Kelly, the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Late Show With David Letterman, though she appeared there last year. Not many warm fuzzies at The View, either, where lately she has been feuding with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (Hasselbeck called her "scum"; Griffin fired back with a command that requires a vacuum.)
But that's the fun of watching Griffin. To see when she'll drop an f-bomb on live TV (New Year's Eve on CNN with Anderson Cooper), diss Jesus (Emmy awards 2007), call a senator's daughters prostitutes (My Life on the D-List) or have a Pap smear in public — poolside, actually (My Life on the D-List).
At her show Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, expect some bull's-eyes on her list of favorite targets: Lindsay Lohan, Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus, Bravo's Real Housewives, Ryan Seacrest and those star-crossed kids Bristol Palin and baby daddy Levi Johnston, whom Griffin has latched onto (literally) before.
The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $52.50-$103. (727) 791-7400.
Kelly Smith, Times staff writer