'D-List' star Kathy Griffin drops vulgarity on New Years show -- again
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/04/2010
Kathy Griffin's New Year's resolution apparently had nothing to do with cleaning up her vocabulary.
For the second straight year, the Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List star used profanity while co-hosting CNN's live New Year's Eve coverage from Times Square alongside network anchor Anderson Cooper.
"I want to show you some of the news makers from this past year and just get your take on them," said Cooper during the broadcast.
"Okay," answered Griffin as Cooper showed her a photo of former two-time Wife Swap dad Richard Heene, who was at the center of the balloon boy hoax.
"Oh, that's Richard Heene!" said Griffin. "I admire their stick-to-it-iveness. I admit that I followed the balloon boy scandal. Did you watch it when it was happening?"
"Of course I did," replied Cooper, holding up a photo of 7-year-old Falcon Heene. "My favorite moment was here when balloon boy Falcon said, 'Who the hell is Wolf?' Did you see that?"
"Wait? Falcon?" asked Griffin.
"Falcon Heene," answered Cooper.
"F--kin? Falcon? How do you say it?" she said.
"You're terrible," said Cooper, shaking his head.
While CNN released a Friday statement in which it said it "regrets the profanity" Griffin used, she didn't take the incident too seriously.
"Like every other serious reporter covering the now infamous balloon boy hoax, I struggled to pronounce his name 'Falcon' correctly and have gotten a kick out of how many ways I've heard it pronounced by other serious reporters. Just add me to that list and happy new year!" said Griffin in a Friday statement released by her publicist and obtained by The AP.
During CNN's New Year's Eve coverage last year -- which was also co-hosted by Griffin and Cooper -- she could be heard responding to a heckler as the network went to a commercial break.
"Shut up! You know what, screw you! I'm working! Why don't you get a job, buddy!" Griffin said at the time. "You know what? I don't go to your job and knock the d***s out of your mouth!"
A CNN spokeswoman told The AP that planning for the network's 2011 New Year's Eve coverage has yet to begin.
For the second straight year, comedian Kathy Griffin ushered in the new year by saying something vulgar on CNN.
During the network's live New Year's Eve broadcast from Times Square, Griffin was joking with co-host Anderson Cooper about how to pronounce the first name of "balloon boy" Falcon Heene when she mumbled something that sounded a little like "Falcon" and a lot like the F-word.