Ever since she gave Brooke Shields sass on Suddenly Susan, we have adored Kathy Griffin. The rambunctious redhead, long a friend of the gays (as she likes to call us), sat down with us to talk about her hilarious new DVD, Kathy Griffin: Allegedly (Anchor Bay Entertainment), which hits shelves November 30.
Were you the class gossip in high school and always stirring the pot to get people in trouble?
I was always a gossip, really, since I could talk. My very first words were, She did not just say that!
Which celebrity are you most nervous to have view your new DVD Allegedly?
The beauty of what I do is that the people that I talk about dont really know about it. Like I talk about going on The View and having this really uncomfortable moment with Barbara Walters, and I dont think Barbara Walters knows who I am. I have been on The View with her twice. I think if someone said, do you know who Kathy Griffin is? Barbara Walters would say, no. So I am not that worried.
What is the difference between the DVD and your D-List special on Bravo?
The DVD Allegedly is like the Jerry Springer Too Hot For TV version. Its totally different material, so its not like the same material with swear words. Its all the scandalous material Bravo wouldnt touch. Its my own Girls Gone Wild.
Have you ever regretted anything youve said about someone in your act?
I constantly regret things I say, because I change my mind about people. Like I tell a story in my DVD about meeting Gwyneth Paltrow, who is a huge condescending pain in the ass, and meeting her with Stella McCartney, who I also thought was that way. It turns out Stella got every joke and reference that I made. After I met her, I kind of wish I hadnt said that cause shes really nice.
Why do you think you are so successful in the gay community?
Ive always hit it off with gay people for as long as I can remember. I was that girl in high school that went to the prom with a gay guy. I was the girl that dated all the guys that turned gay. Im a gaymaker. If you dated me in high school, chances are youre now gay.
Are you worried about your husband being on the down low with that theory?
I am positive that my husband and my father are both on the down low after seeing the Oprah down-low episode.
If you could find the personal diary of one person, dead or alive, with all of the juicy details, whose would you want to find?
Lana Turner. Cause I think she killed Johnny Stompanato and she made her daughter take the fall.
What is the number one misconception people have about you?
That I am mean. I think that truly funny people are not mean-spirited. I am gonna make fun of Clay Aiken just as much, if not more, than the next guy, but I am a fan of Clay Aiken. I literally go to his shows. I like to make fun of Celine Dion, and opening night of her show in Vegas, I was in row three.
With your love of reality TV shows, who is the all-time hottest guy from reality TV?
I am deeply in love with Richard Hatch [the gay winner from the first Survivor]. I think he is so smart, so sexy, and so great. I could talk to him all night long, and I just think he is a riot. I feel the great thing he did for the gay community was be a typical straight guy. He was a shark, he was competitive and such a formidable opponent, that I think he surprised a lot of the straight guys on Survivor. They were like, Oh, I didnt think the gay guy would be such competition. I thought he was going to cry and talk about fashion the whole time. And its like, no, he talked about winning the whole time, and he did. To me, there is no gay character on TV that is as complex as Richard Hatch really is and that is what I like to see.
Whats in the future for Kathy Griffin?
I am doing a reality TV series for Bravo called The D-List, based on my life as a D-list celebrity and all that it entails, and I am doing another live special on Bravo, which I am taping December 30th at the Variety Art Center here in Los Angeles. If I am wrong about that, just go to my Web site, www.kathygriffin.net, and it will tell you when it really is.
You also have a new show on Logo [the new gay network]. How did you get involved and what will you be doing for them?
I know [Logo president] Brian Graden from his MTV days and he is in the Gay Mafia. Not only do I think there is a Gay Mafia, I am counting on it, cause thats all Ive got. Its called Fantastic Voyage, which is set on a gay cruise, which will be my fourth gay cruise. More importantly, it will be my husbands fourth gay cruise. I think it is going to be about couples working their stuff out. I cant wait; it is going to be so much fun.
Have you ever had a lesbian tryst?
Ive never had a lesbian tryst.
If you were to have one, whom would it be with?
I think Patricia Arquette is really beautiful and sexy. I just think she is so talented and gorgeous and cool that I would probably go for her. Or, if I were to get into a marriage of convenience with a gay man, it would be Merv Griffin. Im not saying hes gay, of course. Hes got more money than God, we would own the world, and I wouldnt have to change my name. I could totally make a marriage with Merv Griffin work.