Kathy Griffin 'fired' from 'Hannah Montana'?

Comedian Kathy Griffin tells EW.com that her infamous declaration at last year’s Creative Arts Emmys — "Suck it, Jesus! This award is my god now!" killed her appearance on the hit Miley Cyrus Disney Channel series, Hannah Montana. "I was fired from Hannah Montana for my ‘suck it Jesus’ remark," Griffin says.  "Which I can tell you now that Miley Cyrus has been flashing her green bra and posing topless." Although it had never been reported that Griffin planned to appear on the squeaky-clean show, Griffin says it was in the works until her faux-outrageous acceptance speech. "I was basically told, ‘Disney doesn’t want you anywhere near the building,’" she says. (Disney says Griffin’s Emmy speech had no bearing on its decision. "With all casting decisions, a ‘pass’ or ‘accept’ is ultimately a creative decision," a Disney channel spokeswoman said via email. "The ‘pass’ on Kathy Griffin in a particular guest role had nothing to do with comedy routines or public comments.")

Griffin isn’t sure if she was to play a character or do a cameo as
herself. "I might have been the nosy neighbor," she speculates. "Or
maybe the hooker with a heart of gold." Approached about a year ago to
make an appearance on Montana, the
comedian agreed, but had never seen the show."And suddenly everyone was
telling me
how huge the show is with kids, so I was really excited," she says. The
timing didn’t come together for last season, so they
aimed for fall 2007 instead. But then there was that Emmy speech, which
was interpreted by some as a slam on Jesus, though Griffin’s intention was to send-up awards acceptance speeches.

Despite the negative consequences of her Emmy speech, Griffin is still getting kudos. On Saturday, Griffin’s Bravo series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,
won outstanding reality series from GLAAD, which honors positive
portrayals of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, at the
organization’s gala at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Griffin was
surprised and very satisfied: "The gays love me for the same reason I
love them: Nothing offends them!"

Griffin isn’t sure if she was to play a character or do a cameo asherself. "I might have been the nosy neighbor," she speculates. "Ormaybe the hooker with a heart of gold." Approached about a year ago tomake an appearance on Montana, thecomedian agreed, but had never seen the show."And suddenly everyone wastelling mehow huge the show is with kids, so I was really excited," she says. Thetiming didn’t come together for last season, so theyaimed for fall 2007 instead. But then there was that Emmy speech, whichwas interpreted by some as a slam on Jesus, though Griffin’s intention was to send-up awards acceptance speeches.

Despite the negative consequences of her Emmy speech, Griffin is still getting kudos. On Saturday, Griffin’s Bravo series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,won outstanding reality series from GLAAD, which honors positiveportrayals of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, at theorganization’s gala at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Griffin wassurprised and very satisfied: "The gays love me for the same reason Ilove them: Nothing offends them!"

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  • Dan

    Nobody cares. Just go away.

  • LoveKAthy!

    Hanna Montana?? Please! Not a big loss Kathy! Keep on workin’, you’re the best!

  • Michael

    You obviously do Dan if you are not only reading this but posting as well.
    Look for Kathy 2009 in Kathy’s Place – A “Seinfeldesque” sitcom.

  • Michael

    You obviously do Dan if you are not only reading this but posting as well.
    Look for Kathy in 2009 in Kathy’s Place – a “Seinfeldesque” sitcom.

  • Joanster

    One of the many reasons I love Kathy is that she would rather be herself and be honest and offend the world, than back down and kiss the big, hypocrital corporate derriere of Disney, or anyone else. Kathy is my god now!

  • nykolus

    kathy is the breast! any show would be lucky to have her!

  • vw

    Kathy shouldn’t go anywhere near Disney.They aren’t exactly in the same game are they & Disney has a right to drop her. What she said does nnot jibe w/their audience & they would lose $. It was a good business decision that’s all. That said Kathy can keep her Bravo contract & comedy clubs & go around saying all the filthy,vulgar things she says for the ppl who appreciate that sort of thing.I’m so sure she’s insulted! NOT!

  • Elizabeth

    I think the folks at Disney – who line these things up – probably did a better background check (for lack of a better term) than Kathy’s letting on. I don’t think the powers-that-be live under a rock and didn’t hear about Kathy’s acceptance speech. Move on.

  • Matthew

    “The gays love me for the same reason I love them: Nothing offends them!”
    That is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard (err… read!), does she not remember the Grey’s Anatomy debacle?
    Bottom line gay or straight there are those within each sect whom are easily offended, and trying to come off that one or the other is better or worse only shows how much of a bigot and hypocrite Ms. Griffin truly is.
    Of course so are the folks behind Hannah Montana and Disney, so in all reality they are a perfect fit for one another.

  • fredric

    Matthew, I would have respected your comment if you didn’t go out of your way to make an offending statement of your own while claiming to be offended.

  • smart person

    Kathy rules!!!! GO KATHY! Repressed people, go watch Disney but don’t diss Kathy!

  • antigriffin

    Nothing offends the gays? Which planet are you living on

  • Evan

    Ha, I would have payed to see Kathy on a show like Hannah Montana.

  • Shara

    I think Kathy seems cool and she’s hilarious! I think there is a lot more to her than what people get hung up on but many do not bother to look past her perceived rudeness. She will be just fine without Hannah Montana.

  • Michael

    watch her in “Kathy’s Place” in 2009 instead.

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