The Creative Arts Emmys have always been a long (OK, make that looooooooooooooong) sit with so many categories to recognize. And unless you’re a big fan of Kathy Griffin, they just got a whole lot longer, with the announcement that the star of Bravo’s “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” will be hosting the Sept. 12 event.
Griffin made news two years ago when she won an award at the Creative Emmys and riffed on people thanking Jesus when they win awards, championships, etc. “Can you believe this shit?” she said in her acceptance speech. “I guess hell froze over. … A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. So, all I can say is, ‘Suck it, Jesus.’ This award is my god now.”
Shockingly, not everyone was amused, though it did give those who see Hollywood as a haven for godless anti-Americans a big fat hanging curve ball to swing at. The academy responded by censoring the line out of the E! channel’s delayed telecast of the ceremony.
Still, producer Spike Jones Jr. was bursting with enthusiasm about his host, saying in a statement issued by the academy, “We’re thrilled as Kathy’s the first Emmy winner to host the Creative Arts show. She stole the show the last two years, so now, we’re giving her the opportunity to officially hijack it. We’re all very, very excited. And just a little bit scared.”
Yep, be afraid. Be very afraid.
On the plus side, Neil Patrick Harris is a great choice as host for the main Emmycast, so depending on your point of view, the academy is batting at least .500. In baseball terms, that’s terrific.
Of course, damn the luck, I just noticed I have a UCLA football game to attend the night of the Creative Arts Awards. Shoot. Oh wait, the game’s being played in Tennessee? Ah, well, what I really meant is that I have Hollywood Bowl tickets. That’s right, I’ll be at the Hollywood Bowl. Otherwise I’d be there with bells on, I swear.