Kathy Griffin puts “D-List” to bed

It might be an understatement to say that comedian Kathy Griffin isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but the recent announcement that she will no longer be doing her series My Life on the D-List left me a little sad.

And then I couldn’t help but chuckle a little at the irony that a show about a bottom-of-the barrel celebrity would end its run because the celebrity decided it was time. That’s right, this wasn’t Bravo’s call to end the popular reality show; it was all Griffin.

“It was a tough, because I think of D-List as pretty much my baby for the last six seasons, and I also think it was time to stop doing it,” she told People magazine, adding that she will still be doing several stand-up routines for Bravo this year.

For those who never saw the show, it was an intriguing look into the life of a low-level celebrity and what they they have to do to get work. Griffin and her assistants would work the phone tirelessly to get her appearances around the country, but the real inside joke as the show went on was that Griffin was no longer a D-list celebrity. In fact, not only did she start getting better gigs, but almost every episode featured the celebrities she often rubbed elbows with (including Ricky Gervais, Paris Hilton, Drew Barrymore, Anderson Cooper and Bette Midler).

“Reality is great, but I really didn’t set out to be a reality star,” she said in that same interview. “So now it’s time to spread my wings and show that I’m a little different than Kate Gosselin. I’m not saying better. But maybe separate myself from the pack a little bit.”

Perhaps the hardest part of seeing this program go away will be no longer having Maggie Griffin in our lives. She is Kathy’s 90-year-old, wine-drinking mother, and she has no qualms telling her daughter when she crosses the line with her language or offensive material. It really made for great television, and it’s a shame for fans of the D-List that it will air no more.

Oh, well, I guess we will have to find another cup of tea to fill the void. Better yet, can somebody get Maggie to share her box of wine?


Credit: Jaimie Trueblood/Bravo

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