Kathy Griffin ends 'My Life on the D-List': What we'll miss most

kathy-griffinAfter six seasons schlepping her way through Hollywood’s D-List, Kathy Griffin is leaving her Bravo reality series. Does that mean no more signature celebrity/right-wing trash-talk? Say it ain’t so!

Thankfully not: The comedian will perform in four stand-up specials on the network that will air quarterly this year. That’s somewhat of a relief, but it still pains me to think that my TV will be void of the outspoken, gut-bustingly funny Griffin. So here, an ode to what I’ll miss most:

Wacky stunts
Public pap smears, ice fishing with Levi Johnston, dating Backstreet Boy Nick Carter solely for publicity — those are just a few of Griffin’s attempts to shock, ridicule, and gain a spot on the A-list. But the best of the bunch was most definitely her competing in a Toddlers & Tiaras-like pageant.

Bizarre but simultaneously amazing celebrity cameos
The list of famous faces who’ve graced the world of Griffin is shockingly long, from Liza Minnelli and Cloris Leachman to Mariska Hargitay and Gloria Estefan.

And who could forget this spoof of The Hills? Lauren Conrad was way too F-list for Griffin’s company, but at least she could play along with the MTV series’ vapid stares and lack of plotlines.

Her manager and assistants
Griffin was never shy to exploit and verbally abuse Tom, Tiffany, and erstwhile assistant Jessica — and you loved her all the more for it!

Bringing light to important issues — in a big way
Among the various issues Griffin has supported (hello, public pap smear!), Griffin has been more outspoken in the gay rights movement, and efforts came to a head during an emotional rally to repeal DADT during season 6.

The emotional moments
Yes it was a show that spoofed Hollywood and indulged in Griffin’s fantasy world, but it was also a true portrait of life, which was seen when her lovable father, John, passed away in 2007.

Kathy’s Mom
It’s hard to argue that after Griffin, her wine-chugging mother — the Don Rickles-loving Maggie — was the star on the series.

Are you guys sad to see the show go? What were some of your favorite moments? Sound off below!

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  • AngryQuinn

    Yes! I will miss Kathy on the D-List, but I must say, the earlier seasons were funnier. As the show progressed, it was obvious she was no longer D-list, and each episode seemed to be focused on some staged event. Regardless, I will miss the D-List. Let’s hope the scripted series she talked about earlier gets a green light.

  • David

    I will miss all the crazy/funny D-list moments. Now I have nothing to watch on Bravo.

    • sowhatwhocares

      One of my favorite episodes is the one with Bette Midler. It was awesome… I wish someone would give the Divine Miss M her own show. Loved how she sang Happy Birthday to that drunk guy in Vegas.

    • David

      oh and no more Emmys for Kathy. Sad.
      No more Team Griffin.
      This sucks. Nobodys made the D-list look so good like Kathy did.

  • Jessica

    The last season wasn’t nearly as good as the earlier seasons but I was still hoping for Team Griffin to make their return. Also, now that the show is over I think Kathy has dropped Tom from Team G because he was nowhere to be found on NYE and she never mentions him anymore. Was it only for TV…? Hmmm..

    • darclyte

      Tiffany is her assistant, while Tom is her tour manager. As long as she tours, she’ll need someone to do that job, and I can’t see her letting him go and bringing on someone new. Maybe he left (like Jessica did,) or maybe he just wasn’t there because NYE was an “appearance” and not a “tour” thing.

  • tracy bluth

    I’ll miss EVERYTHING about D-List! All of the moments you mentioned are some of my favorites. I also loved “cake soup”, the “Mag-Let” (“I’m a pretty, pretty horse!”), and the random appearances by Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho, and Molly Shannon. Also, the episode where she and the homeless gay teens marched against Prop 8 brought tears to my eyes, as did the ones after her dad died.

    • pinky

      The “Mag-Let” is a highlight for me as was the “Tip It” book. LOVE Kathy and her team, they will be missed!

  • darclyte

    It started out as a fun, funny series following her real life, but the past few seasons it seemed more “arranged” than “real life.” The episode when her father died is absolutely heartbreaking, as is the one when her dog Chance was put down. Both of those moments were hard to watch because the pain was so real and raw.

    • SandraV

      Completely agree with you. Love Kathy, and I’d still watch the D-List if it were on, but it definitely became scripted and the jokes very redundant.

  • Dan

    I am really going to miss Kathy and the D-List!!!

  • Paul

    Her interactions with celebrities such as Lily Tomlin, Bette Midler, Liza, etc were the best because Kathy is a gay man at heart!

  • tma6469

    If you havent had the pleasure of seeing Kathy live, you have to go. I’ve seen her 5 years in a row, and every show was different, lasted at least 2 (some almost 3) hours and Ive paid the same price for the last show that I did for the first. the D list was great , but nothing beats her live. Worth every penny.

    • boddah67

      Agreed! I just happen to score a FREE ticket when a friend of mine had the other people in his party cancel on him due to prior commitments. I could not have asked for a better, free (or paid) experience! My husband and I still talk and laugh about it every so often!

  • Jim

    Kathy Griffin truly is no D-lister! She told the truth and put a spotlight on the hot mess that most celebrities become. Plus she stood up for causes she was committed to and it’s nice to see someone with that much integrity. She’s my favorite comedian on the planet, but it’s her great big heart that truly makes her an A-lister for me. I will miss the show because it’s simply brilliant and entertaining–something the Kardashians will never be.

  • alan

    Thank God! The show should have left the airwaves two series ago.

  • scotty1701

    and now there is nothing left for me to watch on Bravo….sigh….

  • Justine

    Noooo! I love this show. Her respect for her divas( Joan Rivers, CHer, and Bette Midler) endear her to me soo much. I just wish she had ANderson Cooper in very episode :)

  • faith

    Her dad probably died of the shame of having such a horrid person for a daughter. Glad she is gone.

    • Amy

      Wow, you’re a disgusting human being.

    • SteverB

      A TRULY disgusting “human being”.

    • boddah67

      Faith, have you any idea of the person you speak of? She has a bigger heart and gives more to people than you could ever fathom.
      Going forward, you should reflect on the quote “When you judge another, you do not define them, you only define yourself.”

  • Sonot Wright

    Like any good crap it’s been flushed to leave the bowl clean .

  • cameobrooch

    Love Kathy, but I think it’s time for her to move on. The early seasons were terrific — she definitely deserved her Emmys — but the shows started getting too contrived (the bit with the cinnamon rolls was painful to watch). I think she will be better served by other venues at this point in her career.

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