So said Kathy Griffin about her lewd act on live TV in the countdown to New Year. She thinks it as simple as that, and all the talk of her repeated offers to give Anderson a BJ and her kisses to his pants is just an over-reaction to some harmless New Year fun.
Kathy was out with her boyfriend in NYC yesterday and asked about her infamous penis-smooching escapade while hosting the New Year’s Eve countdown on CNN with Anderson Cooper she almost boasted about it, saying,
“I’ve hit on [Anderson] many times.”
The Parents Television Council (PTC) is unimpressed by Griffin’s performance on the CNN New Year’s countdown. They say Kathy was “obscene and unhinged” and showing “increasing contempt for the audience …” referring to her multiple attempts to offer Anderson a BJ.
If you saw in 2013 watching Anderson and Kathy on CNN you couldn’t fail to notice Kathy dropping to her knees several times in effort to kiss Anderson’s “Christmas present” as she called it.
Kathy, who’s been Anderson’s New Year’s Eve co-host for 6 years, did eventually explain her x-rated antics, claiming David Letterman dared her to “see how close I could come to servicing you.”
Anderson took it all in good humor but did seem genuinely annoyed after the first few visits south. The openly gay presenter may have just got the best line of the night, though, with his “it would have been a first for me, and I’m just not ready to go there.”
A spokesman for the PTC said “the onus is now on CNN. Either the network has a policy that allows its on-air talent to fondle a co-anchor’s genitals, or it has a policy that forbids such conduct.”
He also doesn’t the whole argument that kids would be in bed and not watching when the suggestive comments were made. He says that many kids stay up to welcome in the New Year.
So what do you think of Kathy Griffin’s behavior with Anderson Cooper? Did she go too far on live TV, even given the late hour of the show? What action do you think should be taken about the incident, if anything?