Kathy Griffin

Comedy Impact Report '08: Tube Titans

Winning a second consecutive Emmy for “My Life on the D-List,” as Kathy Griffin did in September, was impressive. Winning a second consecutive Emmy after telling Jesus to “suck it,” as the comic did during her acceptance speech at the 2007 Creative Arts Emmys, was remarkable — to Griffin.

“I thought I was going to get fired from show business and close the Academy,” says Griffin, who survived the controversy and even used it as fodder for her Bravo reality series’ fourth season. By the time the latest Emmy nominations were announced, Griffin was back in favor with two nods, one for her series and another for her Bravo standup special, “Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell.”

Given a second chance by the Television Academy, Griffin vowed to be on her best behavior. The gameplan worked. She claimed the reality program statue without incident and got to present at the Primetime Emmys with Don Rickles.

Another reward: Griffin just completed a new deal with Bravo for a fifth season of “D-List,” two comedy specials and a hosting gig with the network’s A-List Awards. “We had a bloodbath negotiation where I won none of my battles,” she jokes.

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