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Posted Jun 6, 2009 @ 5:00 PM

Season five of Bravo’s Emmy winning series “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List” begins with Kathy wondering if this is the year she gets off the D-List. After all, she is a two-time Emmy winner now. But a Grammy nod for her new comedy album may just be the catalyst Kathy needs to finally get her on the A-List. So Kathy, her assistant Tiffany and her tour manager Tom drop by the Grammy headquarters to see if she might be able to bribe the Grammy people into giving her the award. Later Kathy heads to Vegas to rub A-List elbows with the divine Miss M – that would be Bette Midler. Bette makes Kathy an offer she can’t refuse -- a cameo in her lavish stage show at Caesar’s Palace! Against the clock, Kathy has to quickly learn the choreography, improvise a costume and come up with a hilarious zinger for her part in the show.



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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:01 PM

What happened to Jessica? Kathy said she was gone, but where did she go?

Tiffany looks as if she lost a ton of weight.

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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:03 PM

Bette seems kind of difficult and not that much fun. Didn't enjoy her as much as other celebrities in the past. I bet Lily Tomlin will be fun.

I didn't realize Jessica left. I think personal assistant to a celebrity must be a pretty demeaning and not very rewarding job, no matter what possible perks there are.

How much weight did Tiffany lose?! I barely recognized her. She has a gorgeous face.

Kathy is scary skinny now. I don't think she should be that thin.

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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:06 PM

To me the best moments of tonight were when Kathy was hiding behind the bushes and at the Grammy awards place.

I hated that the show was so Bette-centric becuase I found Bette to be bitchy and not funny. She just came off as very pretentious. I CANNOT wait for next weeks episode, because I adore Lilly Tomlin.

Edited by TWoP Gadget, Jun 9, 2009 @ 7:41 PM.


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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:08 PM

I thought Kathy was hysterical. Bette not so much.
I don't know how I feel with no Jessica. Tiffany looks great and for some reason, I think Kathy and Tom will hook up.
This season looks great with the upcoming guests and thank the lord because there's nothing else to watch on TV right now...

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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:14 PM

I'm so glad that Jessica didn't quit. I missed her on the show tonight.

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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:14 PM

Wow, Tiffany did look great I still wish she wouldn't laugh at everything Kathy says, I mean Kathy is funny but not every word that comes out of her mouth.

I thought Bette was okay, I'm not sure how I am going to like such a celebrity-centric season but if the rest of the season is like tonight's episode maybe it can work.

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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:15 PM

Bette was such a self-rightous snob! Her passive agressive jabs at Kathy were nasty.

Bette started her career as a bawdy diva in the bathhouses of NY and now she has a problem with dick jokes... spare me. And telling Kathy that she has no class, paaalease bitch. Classy people don't tell people they have no class.

I used to love Bette...not now. Kathy should have told her to go fuck herself.

Edited by TWoP Gadget, Jun 9, 2009 @ 7:42 PM.


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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:17 PM

Too bad 1/4 of Team Griffin is gone. Oh well, she worked for Kathy for a long time and probably wanted to move on to a different career. I like Tom and Tiffany better anyway although I was getting some genuinely annoyed vibes from Tiffany whenever she spoke to Tom. Not as lighthearted as in the past. I agree she looks great. Didn't expect Bette to be such a bitch. Not funny and not amusing. The show overall, though feeling more staged than previous seasons, is still very funny. Can't wait to see what happens.

It seems like Jessica got engaged and moved to Arizona, I will sort of miss her.

Aww, cute! She usually had a stank attitude but she was funny. I will miss her as well.

Edited by carried away, Jun 9, 2009 @ 11:18 AM.


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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:22 PM

I agree. Bette was an annoying snob. She needs to get over herself.

For me, the show was stolen by the lady in the pink shirt who stood in front of Kathy and Bette and stared at the camera as they sang Happy Birthday to the drunks. I haven't laughed so hard in quite a while. I love it!

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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:39 PM

I can't even think of Stevie Nicks without hearing Lucy Lawless on SNL in my head.

Yeah, Bette's attitude was well bad.

I liked that Kathy noticed right off when that chick in the pink shirt blocked her shot, and readjusted herself to be in frame again.

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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:53 PM

It seems like Jessica got engaged and moved to Arizona, I will sort of miss her.

Kathy Interview

Edited by Jupiter84, Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:56 PM.


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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 10:56 PM

Bitch in the pink shirt CRACKED ME UP. Holy shit.

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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 11:04 PM

I was disappointed by Miss M's stick-up-her-butt reaction to Kathy's silly but innocuous "Wind Beneath My Wings" joke.

Stevie Nicks, on the other hand, came off as really cool. And that girl's been through a lot.

Too bad Jessica left - she seemed effficient and acted as if she had Kathy's best interests in mind. Tiffany's incessant giggling BUGS.

Edited by mumbles, Jun 8, 2009 @ 11:10 PM.


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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 11:35 PM

Wow, I have a completely different opinion of Bette. I look at this show as about 85- 90% scripted. But in a good way. It's like a comedy about a comedian desperately trying to be a star. But, I mean, come on. Kathy Griffin does not need to stay in a Holiday Inn Express.

Bette Midler was a fabulous part of the story. Huge star, singer, actor, a perfect foil for Kathy. The show loves Kathy meeting a huge star, showing how that huge star is unsettled by the obnoxiousness of Kathy, but they still end up having a gay old time. I mean, the woman ate a fried Oreo, and sang Happy Birthday to a drunk asshole, and I bet she absolutely LOVED getting to play the conservative "that's just not right, you're so going to hell, what the hell" character. And just calling up Stevie Nicks? Because, you know, she could? Brilliant.

I look at this show as a thoroughly planned out, choreographed extention of Kathy's comedy show. And that's not a criticism in any way, it's a brilliant concept that has worked out so well for Kathy, and I can't wait for the rest of this season. But I'm certainly not going to label Bette Midler a stick in the mud with no sense of humor just because she was gracious enough to play along.

Edited by katesus7, Jun 8, 2009 @ 11:51 PM.


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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 11:48 PM

In the first 30 minutes, Bette was coming off as a very unappealing snooty, A-list diva, and, sadly, I am totally prepared to believe that's your average, every-day Bette at Caesar's Palace. Kudoes to Kathy for wearing her down to the point where she'd go to Downtown LV (the polar opposite of chic!!!) for a fried twinkie and oreo.

Speaking as a gay of a certain age, I have to say Kathleen, even at her most self-absorbed, is far more relevant today than Bette. Remember, dear, you did start at the Continental Baths, so drop the attitude.

And as for that crack whore in the happy birthday sequence, there better be LV talent agents combing the shelters to find her, cause she has definitely got IT!

Edited by bluestorm, Jun 8, 2009 @ 11:54 PM.


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Posted Jun 8, 2009 @ 11:55 PM

Wow, Bette Midler was horrid. So snotty and takes herself way too seriously. And her digs at Kathy were annoying.

Shut up Bette!

I did love Kathy checking in at the H.I.E. and hiding behind that palm tree.

So glad this show is back.

Edited by chilindrina, Jun 8, 2009 @ 11:56 PM.


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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 12:06 AM

Ahh i'm sooo glad D-list is back. Kathy cracks me hell up. I got a totally different vibe from Bette it was pretty obvious that she was joking around & was going along with Kathy's schtick. That crack head in pink stole the show i'm still laughing. You could tell Kath wanted to laugh so hard & push her out of the way lol

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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 12:28 AM

At this point is there anybody who's buying Kathy's d-list schtick? The show with Bette was so obviously scripted and probably Bette's idea. Are we really supposed to believe Bette's feigned disgust at Kathy's vulgarity? As if she's Maria von Trapp and if she wasn't aware of Kathy's vulgar act beforehand. Bette wants publicity for her Vegas show and Kathy wants everybody to believe she's just like us just trying to finagle a moment with a star and putting her foot in her mouth when she miraculously gets that moment. Yawn.

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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 1:34 AM

I thought Bette was just playing along with the A-D list joke. Very tongue in cheek as an A list diva. It was a joke and I'm surprised posters here thought Bette was serious.

The running joke this session will be stars higher on the list will pick on Kathy who will act lower on the list.

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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 1:49 AM

For me, the show was stolen by the lady in the pink shirt who stood in front of Kathy and Bette and stared at the camera as they sang Happy Birthday to the drunks.

Boy, she was loving life at the moment...too bad she won't remember it when she sobers up. Bette Middler did seem a little prudish of all things, which surprised me a lot. She ain't an Osmond!But she's given Toni Basil a job, who's still workin' the funky hats! Gotta love it!

I did love Kathy checking in at the H.I.E. and hiding behind that palm tree.

Ok, I know she'd "D" list and the hoodie/sunglasses bit was funny, but the product placement for Holiday Inn was a bit much. Still, I've missed the show and I'm glad it's back. I hope Lily Tomlin is cooler than Bette, though.

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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 2:38 AM

Count me in as those who thought that Bette was very good naturally playing the role that Kathy wanted her to. I thought she was so cute at the fried Oreo place.

Also, Tom and Tiffany are not good sidekicks. Jessica was good natured but gave Kathy shit, it really missing Matt and Jessica and before the two of them the first season meetings wiht her best gays) and her parents used to do it and no we are reduced to just her mom!

Tom and Tiffany don't seem to be whip funny or care to do anything but laugh

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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 7:19 AM

I can buy Bette being given a role to play, but she either let her true colors show, or she took it too far. I did not care for her snide attitude at all.

Tom and Tiffany are okay, but Tom is obviously not comfortable on camera and after this long I'm guessing he never will be. Tiffany is amusing, may need some time and will become more of a foil for Kathy in her own right. But I think they need another assistant to give more dynamic.

Kathy looked like a Sleestak with those big ass sunglasses :)

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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 8:29 AM

I can remember years ago, I think HBO aired a Bette Midler special from Vegas.

In it, she made quite a bit of fun of Joan Rivers selling her crap on QVC.

So, how is that tacky crap in a gift shop in a casino any different than the crap Joan sells on QVC, other than you'd have to get up off your couch to buy Bette's crap?

Pot, meet the kettle.

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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 8:35 AM

I am just now watching this episode, had to DVR it....all I have to say is that Bette was such a bitch to Kathy. She took every chance she got to make snide remarks about Kathy. It would have been different if I thought Bette was saying those things in good fun, but I don't believe she was, I think she was just being a bitch. It pains me to say that because I love Bette Midler.

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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 9:24 AM

Bette Midler was a fabulous part of the story. Huge star, singer, actor, a perfect foil for Kathy. The show loves Kathy meeting a huge star, showing how that huge star is unsettled by the obnoxiousness of Kathy, but they still end up having a gay old time. I mean, the woman ate a fried Oreo, and sang Happy Birthday to a drunk asshole, and I bet she absolutely LOVED getting to play the conservative "that's just not right, you're so going to hell, what the hell" character. And just calling up Stevie Nicks? Because, you know, she could? Brilliant.


ITA that Bette played the role she was given perfectly. I thought she was hilarious, as always, and the interaction with Kathy really worked. Nobody trashes it up better than Bette so I thought having her act "above it all" with Kathy was brilliant staging.

I really missed this show and look forward to the upcoming season.

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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 10:43 AM

Did they say the name of the fried oreo place? Someone thought it was downtown. I wouldn't mind stopping there the next time I am in Vegas.

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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 10:47 AM

I thought the Holiday Inn Express bit was cringeworthy. Skits on Chelsea Lately have been funnier. It was so forced and awkward and pretty backsliding what with knowing now some of the places that put Kathy up gratis.

I thought the bit with Bette was really really interesting. There were some funny moments but even more was the unintended irony of watching Bette sit in luxury at the end of an incredibly hard fought career path that in some ways parallels what Kathy pretends to do on the show. There were some great moments but the best part was Bette slipping in and out of her role as grand diva A-Lister that seemed clearly scripted. Bette Midler has made plenty of meals from far more plebian fare than a deep fried twinkie and anyone who has seen her perform in her current show knows that woman has not forgotten one single bit of her own white knuckled journey to where she is now.

Losing Jessica might be the best thing for the show simply because I felt the staff aspect was way too heavy and focused in the last season and just this show alone it seemed we had more Kathy as just Kathy. And I'd much rather spend most of each hour seeing Kathy interact with Bette, Lily, Rosie etc. than have her sit and pretend. badly, with the staff as to storylines. Though the Hilton inclusion bothers me. Tremendously. Kathy validating this parasite in any way is a bit like going for my annual checkup and my doctor telling me for kicks he is going to infect me with swine flu.

Edited by TWoP Gadget, Jun 9, 2009 @ 7:48 PM.


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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 11:00 AM

I thought Bette was hysterical and did not find her to be a diva at all. Kathy & Bette played perfectly off of each other and it was a very enjoyable segment for me!

My complaint with Tiffany & Tom is that their main job appears to be laughing at all of Kathy's jokes. They remind me of 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan with his entrouage of Griz and Dotcom. I missed Jessica! She actually had something to say!!

Edited by annsmith, Jun 10, 2009 @ 1:45 PM.


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Posted Jun 9, 2009 @ 11:02 AM

I thought the Holiday Inn Express bit was cringeworthy. ....It was so forced and awkward .....


I thought the same thing. It seemed awkward and like a skit that was trying too hard. I also wondered if the bit with the hoodie was because Kathy didn't have her hair extensions in at the hotel. In some of the Bette scenes there was a pretty obvious delineation between Kathy's hair and the hair extensions - looks like her hair is kinda short now.

I guess my suspicious mind is wondering what the whole story is with Jessica. Hopefully it's as good of a parting as they are making it out to be. I've noticed that we haven't heard or seen anything from Jessica. I'm sure she signed a confidentiality agreement as part of her employment that keeps that from happening.

I enjoyed Kathy asking Bette questions. She always has a lot a great questions for celebs and I'd love to see longer versions of her "interviews" with them. Good to have Kathy back and am looking forward to her conversation with Lily Tomlin next week.