Kathy Griffin kisses Anderson Cooper’s crotch on live TV

If this is any indication of what the New Year holds in store, 2013 is going to be a very long year. Last night, during CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage, comedienne Kathy Griffin promised (threatened?) on live TV to tickle co-host Anderson Cooper’s “sac,” then outdid herself by stooping down and planting a kiss on his crotch.

Call it a case of “the most trusted name in news” countenancing the vulgar presence of “the most tasteless slut in show business.”

Newbuster.org’s Noel Sheppard features a video clip of the embarrassment along with  transcribed highlights and commentary:

Shortly after midnight, Cooper showed viewers how they celebrate New Year’s Eve in Eastport, Maine.

National correspondent Gary Tuchman reported live that there’s a custom in the town to kiss a statue of an eight-foot sardine that they drop from the museum at the stroke of midnight. People were then shown kissing the sardine.

As Tuchman finished his report, Griffin in the left split-screen bent down and kissed Cooper’s crotch.

As she continued to try to kiss it, Cooper asked her, ‘Did you drop something?’

‘No, I was kissing your sardine,’ Griffin replied.

‘Thank you. I got it,’ giggled Cooper.

‘I can do it again,’ Griffin said kneeling. ‘I can do this all night long.’

‘No, sweetie,’ said Cooper lifting her back on her feet.

‘I’m going on Letterman in two nights, and he wants a moment,’ argued Griffin as she went down again.

‘I’m going down,’ she said. ‘You know you want to.’

‘Believe me, I really don’t,’ said Cooper as he once again pulled her upright.

‘It’s after midnight,’ protested Griffin.

‘I never have,’ argued Cooper.

‘No one’s even going to, what’s the big deal?’ responded Griffin as she went down again.

‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ Cooper said pulling her up as he handed it off to Brooke Baldwin in New Orleans.

Sheppard chronicles Griffin’s past derelictions on the network, noting that in 2008 she directed a vulgar oral sex reference to a heckler and, in 2009, dropped an F-bomb. Last year she stripped down to her underwear. “Yet CNN keeps inviting her back,” Sheppard muses.

For the record, Griffin’s antics were the second humiliation visited on CNN on New Year’s Eve. Earlier in the day, a bespectacled loon appeared in the background during an interview in Times Square repeating the phrase “Howard Stern’s penis.” In the interests of fairness, it should be reported that the same nut showed up shortly after with the same mantra for viewers of the FOX News Channel, which also exercised poor judgment in not cutting back to the studio.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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