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Kathy Griffin Bleeps Through D.C.; Journos Get Cameos

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PR rep Hilary Rosen, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and Kathy

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HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington and Kathy (Kathy needs a translator.)

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CNN’s John King and Dana Bash: Kathy’s Political Advisers

If anyone expected comedian Kathy Griffin to behave appropriately in her D.C. episode of Bravo’s “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” they were in for a rude awakening. In other words, d–k jokes were the norm, not the exception.

Griffin tried her damnedest to keep her f-bombs in check (read: she didn’t try that hard). Plenty of D.C. journalists appeared on Griffin’s show Wednesday night. CNN’s Dana Bash and husband and colleague John King served as Griffin’s “political advisers.” Griffin called them the “power couple.” She said she and King have a past – not that kind of past. The couple explained Rep. Jim Clyburn’s (D-S.C.) role as House Whip – so not someone who is into actual whipping.

There was WaPo’s Karen Tumulty, Ceci Connolly, Politico’s Patrick Gavin, HuffPost’s Nico Pitney and HuffPost’s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. (“I’m prepared to do some serious ass kissing to get her to mention my rally on her blog,” Griffin told viewers of Huffington. “I can’t always understand what she’s saying, but I stand by her and whatever she just said.”)

Roll Call‘s HOH writer Emily Heil could be heard in a phoner as Griffin was driven in a black Town Car to her “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” rally in downtown Washington. The comedian cracked on Roll Call, saying, “Maybe not the New York Times, but a very important trade paper wants to interview me,” she told her staff in the car.

Griffin told Heil: “I’m meeting with Barney Frank, you know, leave it to the gays to have two first names and then I’m meeting with a big queen named Jim Clyburn.” (Frank is the openly gay Financial Services Chairman; Clyburn is the House Democratic Whip.)

(Griffin got into some hot water with the Human Rights Campaign after a front page story appeared in Roll Call with Griffin calling Clyburn a “big queen.” Griffin went against her strict policy of never apologizing for her jokes and called up Clyburn’s aide to smooth things over. She said an apology like this wouldn’t happen again. She told the aide the “queen” comment was a big joke. The aide could be heard laughing.)

Griffin’s fears on coming to Washington and more cameo pictures after the jump…


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WaPo’s Karen Tumulty, Ceci Connolly and Kathy

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Tumlty, Gavin, Huffington, HuffPost’s Nico Pitney (on Gavin’s right)

Griffin on visiting D.C.: “This loudmouth redhead is going to Washington to speak out on behalf of those who can’t. Forget yes we can, now like it’s like hell yeah, you will. Although by morning it’s like what the f have you gotten yourself into?”

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