Kathy Griffin Spills On Feud With Ellen DeGeneres
"We had a fight in which I used inflammatory words like, ‘Look you f**king untalented hack'."
During a sold-out show at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles as part of her "Laugh Your Head Off" tour, comedian Kathy Griffin detailed how she and Ellen DeGeneres fought after the death of legendary comedy icon Joan Rivers.
"One of the things that really hurt Joan," Griffin told the crowd, "was that Ellen always shunned her... Ellen thought she was vulgar and not funny".
The self-described "starf**ker" also believes DeGeneres thinks she's too vulgar as well.
"I just called her and I just said, ‘Look, woman to woman, comic to comic, I think you need to let go of your hatred for Joan Rivers. She’s passed away, just do a f**king tribute, be cool."
Griffin told the audience DeGeneres wasn't having a bar of it, telling Griffin "there's a difference between mean and funny" saying Rivers' brand of humour was just mean.
DeGeneres' dismissal of Rivers apparently set Griffin off, and the 57-year-old fired back, calling the day-time host a "f**king untalented hack". Days after the fight, Griffin said she texted DeGeneres, joking that the pair should reenact a scene from Dynasty, but DeGeneres never responded.
The comedian performed the show to a massive crowd, despite being told she would never work again after she took part in a photo shoot holding a mask of Donald Trump. The infamous decapitation photo was the cause of so much furor that Griffin was dropped by her representation and fired from her New Year's Eve hosting gig by CNN.
After initially apologising for the photo shoot, last November Griffin withdrew her apology where she said she "crossed the line", telling BBC, " I take the apology back 1,000 percent".
She also posted a lengthy series of tweets detailing her version of events in May.
This also wouldn't be the first time Griffin had stirred the pot with DeGeneres. In her 2016 book Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index she referred to a "daytime talk show host" with a "mean streak that everyone knows about".
She added: "My issue with Ellen is simple. You know, the guys in comedy are so good about sticking together. I feel sad that women don't support each other the way the guys do. Joan and I would talk about this all the time. Patriarchy pits us against each other."
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