It Was the Ratings, Not the F Bomb That Did It

Kathy Griffin

This is rather dishonest:

Following her very controversial F-bomb-dropping New Year's Eve hosting gig, CNN executives have decided Kathy Griffin will NOT be getting a 2011 invite. "She was a total embarrassment to the network that calls themselves 'The Most Trusted Name in News.' Even Anderson (Cooper, her co-host) thinks it's time to say goodbye to Kathy," a CNN insider tells me.

Not only did the potty-mouthed redhead drop the F bomb on live TV, she also made not-so-funny jokes about needing a "bump" of cocaine and asked Cooper if he pleasured himself while looking in the mirror. As sexy as the Silver Fox is ... that's just too much, Kathy.

Even worse than the comedienne's desperate need to shock was the fact that the show was a ratings bomb, as it fell far behind the family-friendly 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' on ABC.

It was a bomb all the way around. It was a disappointing telecast because it had the wrong host, it was not well-planned, and it was the wrong way to use Kathy Griffin (never on live television, always with someone who can mitigate her awkward D-list schtick). You don't go into those things expecting your talent to do everything. You have to do the legwork first. You have to have canned bits ready to work. You cannot hire Kathy Griffin to do live television and then pretend to be insulted when she panics and goes to the blue material.