We're starting to think that maybe comedian Kathy Griffin has found a way to monetize being banned from television talk shows. In the latest round of "Who Did Kathy Make Mad Now," the Bravo network star is claiming to have been banned from NBC's morning news show, "Today." According to Kathy and her team, it was a move made at the request of anchor Natalie Morales. This would make the third time that Griffin has said she was banned from the news show.
Said Griffin, "...over the years since " Suddenly Susan' in 1996, I have been banned and re-banned from the "Today" show by several people. " Griffin says both former host Katie Couric and current host Matt Lauer at one time have kicked her off the show for good. She went on to say that, " This time my camp heard that it was actually Natalie Morales." According to Griffin, the tiff sprouted from the Golden Globes in February, but she wasn't at the show, so she guesses it arose from her appearances at after parties.
Over the years, Kathy has told the press and the public that she's been asked not to return to several shows. Here are a few of the more notable instances.
"The View" - It was reported in 2008 that Kathy's impression of the show's creator, Barbara Walters didn't sit well with the icon of interviews. Griffin said she got a call from the show's producer that told her all her upcoming appearances on the show had been cancelled because of the impression being used in a Bravo stand up special.
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" - It's hard to imagine Ellen booting anyone off her show permanently, because of how friendly her on-air persona is. But according to Griffin, in 2006 she was told she was not welcome on DeGeneres' day time talk show because of her history of snarky comments about celebrities.
"The Late Show With David Letterman" - On a show where potshots are regularly taken at stars and people in the news, it's hard to imagine that someone would be banned from the show for taking potshots too, but that's exactly what Griffin says was the case on Letterman's CBS talk show. Griffin told Larry King on his old CNN show "Larry King Live" that her best guess for the Letterman ban is that she cursed too much. In 2009 after nearly 13 years off the show, Griffin was allowed back on.
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