Kathy Griffin, the outspoken comedian who recently became infamous for a photo of her holding up the bloodied, decapitated head of U.S. President Donald Trump in May 2017, has since embarked on a Laugh Your Head Off stand-up comedy tour. And while she’s still talking about how her life changed after that iconic photo, she’s also “spilling piping hot tea” on other celebs, including details of a Kathy Griffin Ellen DeGeneres phone call in which Griffin called lesbian daytime talk show host a “fucking untalented hack” for refusing to honor comedian Joan Rivers after she died in September 2014.
What was the Kathy Griffin Ellen DeGeneres beef about anyway?
During a recent show at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Griffin reportedly said, “One of the things that really hurt Joan [Rivers], and we talked about it at our last meal together, was that Ellen [DeGeneres] always shunned her and Ellen thought she was vulgar and not funny.”
“I called her,” Griffin continued, “and I just said, ‘Look, woman to woman, comic to comic, I think you need to let go of your hatred for Joan Rivers. She’s passed away, just do a f—ing tribute, be cool.’”
Griffin said that DeGeneres refused and said, “There’s a difference between mean and funny,” stating that Rivers was mean.
Griffin said, “That fucking set me off. So we had a fight in which I used inflammatory words like, ‘Look you fucking untalented hack.’ … You know when you’re fighting with someone and you can kind of laugh at a point? Yeah, not that day.”
Still bothered by the discussion the next day, Griffin says she decided to text DeGeneres, stating, “It was so Dynasty that I demand to be Alexis as long as you’re Krystle.” She continued, “I think we should do a scene in the pool, I think there should be big hats [and] that bitch didn’t even respond! But that was a good idea!”
Naturally, Rivers was the first woman ever to host a late-night talk show program during the late ’80s and early ’90s. Afterwards she became well-known for her comedic red carpet celebrity interviews and eventually hosted the E! Network show Fashion Police in the early 2010s, during which she and her co-panelists would mock and critique celebrity fashions, giving Rivers a “mean” reputation among some viewers.