Kathy Griffin wins second Emmy, says “I’m not going to tell anyone to suck it”

Kathy Griffin won her second Emmy Saturday night at the Creative Arts Emmys for her Bravo reality show My Life on the D-List. Accepting the award, she said, “Well, well, well! Here we go again, fuckers. Here we go again! … Hanks, Gandolfini — what the fuck! I’m not going to tell anyone to suck it. I would make love to this thing if I could.”

Last year, she famously said, “So, all I can say is, ‘suck it, Jesus.’ This award is my god now,” and her speech was censored from the broadcast. The Los Angeles Times reports that “Backstage, Griffin told reporters that she toned down her speech this year because she’s worried that she might be fired from being an awards presenter next week at the main Primetime show. She’s never been a presenter in the past.”

Other shows such as Top Chef, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance also won awards. Here’s the complete list of reality show category winners (they’re highlighted); see the full list of Creative Arts Emmy winners for categories in which non-reality shows won:

  • Outstanding Reality Program: Antiques Roadshow, Dirty Jobs, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Intervention, and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.
  • Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Deadliest Catch and This American Life.
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: Autism: The Musical, Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Meerkat Manor, and This American Life.
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming: PBS’ Carrier, Project Runway, Survivor China, The Amazing Race, and Top Chef.
  • Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming:Autism: The Musical, Project Runway 4, The Amazing Race 12, and This American Life.
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Project Runway 4, Survivor Micronesia, The Amazing Race 12, and Top Chef 3.
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming: Autism, the Musical, Deadliest Catch, and This American Life.
  • Outstanding Choreography: So You Think You Can Dance (three nominations, for Wade Robson’s Hummingbird and Flower / “The Chairman’s Waltz,” Shane Sparks’ Transformers / “Fuego,” and Mandy Moore’s Table / “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”), and Dancing with the Stars.
  • Outstanding Picture Editing Of Clip Packages For Talk, Performance, Award Or Reality Competition Programs: American Idol 7 and Dancing with the Stars 6.
2008 Creative Arts Emmy winners [Academy of Television Arts & Sciences]
Kathy Griffin wins an Emmy — and shocks — again [Los Angeles Times]

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