This CEO Had His Bonus Cut by a Quarter for Cursing at Kathy Griffin
Jeffrey Mezger, the CEO of KB Home is on thin ice at his company. Earlier this week, Mezger was hosting a pool party for his grandchildren. The party got loud, and Mezger’s neighbors, Kathy Griffin and her boyfriend Randy Bick called the cops to complain. Mezger then went on an angry rant, caught by Griffin’s security cameras. He called her a “fucking bald dyke” and a “fucking cunt.”
But he’s now been reprimanded. KB Home’s board of directors cut Mezger’s yearly bonus by 25%, and told him he’d be fired if he did anything like this again. The board released an official statement to the SEC saying his behavior “is unacceptable and a negative reaction on KB Home.”
The reference to Griffin’s baldness is particularly upsetting. Griffin shaved her head in solidarity with her sister Joyce. Joyce died of cancer two days before the party. Two years before, her brother Gary died of esophageal cancer.
Noise had been a problem at the Mezger house. Griffin and Bick moved into their house around a year ago. Since moving in, however, Griffin household has made numerous complaints to their homeowner’s association. They also say they’ve called the police five times.
In response to the earlier noise complaints, Mezger told the HOA that he didn’t host parties often so Griffin and Bick “need to adapt.” This time, however, he lost his temper. The camera recorded the interaction:
MEZGER: Hey Randy, go fuck yourself. Seriously? You call on my grandkids at 9 o’clock? You’re not even the fucking owner. You’re stuck with a fucking bald dyke who Donald Trump kind of put the heat on. Now you’re calling the cops? Fuck you and fuck Kathy. You’re not our fucking neighbor, you’re a fucking asshole.
GRIFFIN [background]: What’s going on?
MEZGER: Let’s declare war, asshole, ’cause we got a lot to go for. Let’s bring it on, you bitch.
GRIFFIN: Randy, what’s happening?
MEZGER: If you’re asking Randy what’s happening, he called the cops on my 5-year-old granddaughter, you fucking cunt. Bullshit ― 9 o’clock at night ― oh, this party’s loud, this party’s really happening. Fuck you. I’ve done enough trying to be a nice partner ― fuck you, neighbor. War’s happening. Don’t wait until we’re gonna bring some things on you. Now fuck you.
In a statement released by KB Home, they apologized for his behavior.
Mr. Mezger regrets losing his temper over a supposed noise complaint involving his three young grandchildren in his swimming pool around 8 p.m. on Saturday, while they were being supervised by their mother and grandmother. He apologizes for the language he used, as it does not reflect who he is or what he believes.
Kathy Griffin has filed a restraining order against Mezger.