'Suck it, Jesus' remarks to be expunged from Emmy broadcast

'Suck it, Jesus' remarks to be expunged from Emmy broadcast September 12, 2007

COMIC Kathy Griffin’s “offensive” remarks about Jesus at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards will not be seen by TV audiences, the US Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said today.
emmy.jpgAccording to Perthnow, Griffin made the provocative comment last Saturday when she took the stage of the Shrine Auditorium to collect her Emmy for best reality programme – her Bravo channel show My Life on the D-List.

“A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.”
Asked about her speech backstage a short time later, an unrepentant Griffin said: “I hope I offended some people. I didn’t want to win the Emmy for nothing.”
The speech drew fire from a leading Roman Catholic group, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, which condemned Griffin’s remarks as “obscene and blasphemous”.
“It is a sure bet that if Griffin had said, ‘Suck it, Mohammed’, there would have been a very different reaction,” Catholic league president Bill Donohue said in a statement posted on the group’s website.
He called on TV academy president Dick Askin to denounce Griffin’s “hate speech” and on Griffin to apologise.
An edited version of the Creative Arts Emmys is set to air on US cable television’s E! Entertainment Network on Saturday, the night before the live Fox network broadcast of the main Primetime Emmy Awards.
“Kathy Griffin’s offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast,” an academy spokeswoman said today. An “abbreviated version” of her acceptance speech will air, instead, she said.
Griffin’s reaction to the controversy, according to a statement issued by her publicist: “Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humour?”
UPDATE: (17th Sept) Here is Kathy’s uncensored speech:

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  • Jennifer

    What the – ? I mean, she’s CLEARLY taking the piss. Who the hell would take -that- speech seriously?

  • orlando

    This is the first time Jesus has been mentioned at an award cerimony, that I know of. He didn’t do nothing to be insulted for. The dead can’t defend themsleves. Kathy has to learn to respect. Kathty I’m sure is going to hell. In here next apperance she should tell a Hellen Keller joke.

  • Barry Duke

    Orlando: If you are so sure Kathy is going to hell, you must be a Christian. If you are a Christian, you must believe that Jesus is alive; it goes with the territory. So if he’s alive, the bastard can defend himself.
    As for saying “he didn’t do nothing to be insulted for”, well, he spawned one of the greatest disasters ever to overtake humanity on the last 2,000 years, namely Christianity. So, no, Kathy has nothing to apologise for.