Combative comic Kathy Griffin finally responded to Sarah Palin’s comments last weekend in which Palin labeled Griffin a “50-year-old bully” and a “has-been comedienne.”
Thursday night on ABC’s “Nightline,” Griffin dismissed Palin’s assessment of her. “If you think a comedian is a bully, then what that tells me is you’ve never been bullied,” Griffin told “Nightline” anchor Bill Weir in an interview conducted on the stage of the Belasco Theater in New York. That’s where Griffin will debut a one-woman show on Friday titled “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony.” It’s scheduled to run through March 19.
Palin called Griffin a bully when the ex-Alaska governor was asked about the comedian on Fox News Channel last weekend on daytime TV judge Jeannine Pirro’s FNC talk show. Palin spoke out because Griffin has certainly paid a lot of attention to Palin’s family – in interviews, on TV shows, and in her comedy act. Among other things, Griffin made fun of Bristol Palin’s weight-gain on “Dancing with the Stars” last year, and Griffin has also been chummy with Levi Johnston, Bristol’s one-time boyfriend, ex-fiancé and father of Bristol’s child – a man who’s not too highly regarded by the Palins.
Griffin, of course, never apologizes when she’s called out by those she targets in her comedy. In the “Nightline” interview, Griffin implied that her remarks about the various Palins do not constitute “real” bullying. “To throw that word around . . . ,” Griffin said. “When I do my work with the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] community, I’m talking about the real stuff. She’s playing a different game.”
Well, for Griffin, it’s never “real” bullying when she’s accused of doing it. To her, “real” bullying is what other people do. She reacted dismissively, and much more crudely, last summer when Elisabeth Hasselbeck of “The View” also called her a bully (Hasselbeck also called her “scum”).
“The bottom line is, lighten up! Suck it!” Griffin said in an interview with Eonline at the time.
Griffin will be seen in an upcoming episode of “Glee” in a guest-starring role that will have her playing a right-leaning character reportedly inspired by Palin.