Kathy Griffin’s ex-husband Matt: it “pisses me off … to have my character assassinated”

Matt Moline, Kathy Griffin’s ex-husband and a cast member on the first two seasons of the show, has responded to Kathy’s discussion of their relationship during last Tuesday’s premiere.

During the first few minutes of the show, Kathy told us, “I thought he was a nice guy who loved me. Now, I don’t think he ever loved me.” She didn’t directly mention her previous claim that he stole $72,000 from her. However, crying and emotionally distraught, she says, “I feel like I lost my best friend, and I know a lot of that isn’t true because, like, I think my perception of our relationship wasn’t accurate. But I definitely feel like a failure; I feel like it’s the greatest failure of my life for sure.”

On his blog, Matt first posted a brief response to the episode: “Tom Waits summed it up well: ‘Come down off the cross, We can use the wood’. I concur. Anyone remember the end of Broadcast News?” Later, he explains the reference to the film, writing that “William Hurt’s character uses tears to promote himself and further his career,” obviously suggesting Kathy did the same thing.

In the comments for the post, Matt says that he “won’t release a public statement regarding the circumstances of my divorce. There is nothing positive that can happen to me from engaging in a public he said, she said battle with my ex. Publicity isn’t going to help me with anything.”

In a separate comment, he gets a bit more upset, writing, “It absolutely pisses me off beyond belief to have my character assassinated in public and I’d really like to fight back. The truth is that Kathy will always have the last word in any public argument because she has a TV show and standup gigs in which she could endlessly respond to what I’ve said. Eventually, my 15 minutes would end (as it gladly already has) and nothing would have changed. What’s the point of that?”

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