Kathy Griffin turned down Dancing with the Stars, wants her show to stay with NBC

Kathy Griffin–who’s still fighting with Bravo over money for a new season of her show and called Elisabeth Hasselbeck “a fucking Survivor reject–fired her agent for getting her an offer to appear on Dancing with the Stars.

“That’s actually why I left my agent. After winning an Emmy and having my own show and I, oh, I don’t know, selling out four nights at the Chicago Theatre, I am playing Madison Square Garden in February, and for them to call and say, ‘We have a hard offer for Dancing.’ It’s such a show-business line,” Kathy told the Windy City Times.

That said, Kathy said she does watch the show, and one of her friends is currently on it. “I of course love the show. I, of course, want my beloved Lance Bass to win. I am just saying: When you think Kathy Griffin, you think dick jokes. You don’t think leg extensions or tumbling of any kind. I already wear enough drag makeup; that would not be a new thing for me. I just thought you can not be more off the mark.”

Kathy also said she’s still negotiating with Bravo, in part because she doesn’t want her show, My Life on the D-List, to leave the NBC Universal family. “The Bravo people have said that I have signed up but I have not. I am trying to extract tens more dollars from Bravo. Those cheap bastards–you would think after four years and two Emmys that they could come up with it. I am in bitter negotiations, because you know they are very busy with shows like The Break Up with Jo & Slade,” she said.

In the interview, Kathy also talks about other reality stars, including her frequent target newly out Clay Aiken, saying, “it’s really great that he came out. The picture of him holding the baby is such a powerful image because gay adoption is such a hot issue. He came out at a relatively young age. I very much applaud him for coming out at this time. He’s still facing the people on Broadway every night. He’s being honest with himself and his kid, and I think it’s great. Doesn’t mean that I am not going to make fun of him for the rest of my life, but I still think he’s great.”

Kathy also told the paper that View co-host and Survivor Australia cast member Elisabeth Hasselbeck “has snowed American audiences into not knowing that she is a fucking Survivor reject. I am sorry; I am going to listen to the political beliefs of someone who wore wacky scarves on Survivor?”

interview: Kathy Griffin [Windy City Times]

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