Bravo is discontinuing Kathy Griffin’s talk show — a move that could bring the curtain down on the long partnership between the cable channel and the comedian.
Griffin herself reportedly made the “announcement” during a standup performance Friday night in Cincinnati. Deadline.com credited the city’s local paper — the Cincinnati Enquirer — with the scoop.
The story gave no context for the remarks Griffin reportedly made about her show, although the story did say Deadline confirmed it later.
Griffin’s show, titled “Kathy,” has been airing Thursday nights at 10/9c on Bravo. It recently ended its second season — which included a conversion from tape to “live” designed to generate excitement and viewership. Apparently, the strategy did not work.
The trajectory of Griffin’s career and the rise of Bravo into a kitschy, campy reality-TV powerhouse are intertwined.
She’s been a fixture of the cable channel since at least 2005 with the premiere of “My Life on the D-List.” She’s done a series of stand-up specials for the network and got her own talk show last year. Now, though, she’s rumored to be shopping around a talk-show idea that could somehow involve Anderson Cooper, with whom she cavorts on CNN every New Year’s Eve.
It’s unclear if she’ll continue to be a Bravo regular, following the cancellation of her talk show.