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.
According 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”.
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.
UPDATE: (17th Sept) Here is Kathy’s uncensored speech: