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Kathy Griffin @kathygriffin
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A) I’m so flattered and touched by all the comments saying that you miss me co-hosting the New Year’s Eve telecast. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the positivity and I want you to know how grateful I am. So, I wanted to share some juicy gossip I heard about the telecast...
B) I’ve been in this business for over 30 years...I’ve gotten to know everybody. A few little birdies told me some juicy nuggets...
C) I heard from a few different people that the hilarious @Lesdoggg
was in talks to co-host CNN’s New Year’s telecast with Anderson Cooper this year.
D) I was elated when I heard this news. If I can’t get the gig, I will cheer for Leslie. I don’t know her, but I thought it was such a great idea for CNN to have a woman of color over 50 who is so sharp, improvisational, and hilarious. I was ready to congratulate her publicly.
E) I love all of Leslie’s work, but this little short tape she posted on her 50th birthday last year says it all about her. How can you not love @lesdoggg?!
F) As I started asking around to find out when CNN was going to announce Leslie as co-host, I heard that they had downgraded her to a couple of segments or some sort of a guest role.
G) Anything less than co-hosting screams to me very little or no pay, and a lack of respect for someone who is such a proven talent, has a big fan base, and knows what she’s doing. She has paid her dues and then some!
H) Soon after, I heard from a couple folks she had been dropped from the show entirely because NBC Universal did not want her to appear on a different network. This didn’t pass the smell test with me. The #JeffZucker I knew for years could make this happen. What say you, Jeff?
I) I’m thrilled she is going to appear in the NBC New Years telecast with Carson Daly/Chrissy Teigen, but it's time for Leslie to co-host/host. That would be would have been a step in the right direction for all women if she got the CNN gig
J) You have to admit, it didn’t make sense that NBC Uni wouldn’t have a problem with Andy Cohen, who also works for NBC Uni, appearing on CNN, but would have a problem with Leslie? Since Leslie didn't work out, CNN couldn't find one woman standup comic star to co-host? Jeff?
K) I didn’t hear anything about what Leslie‘s fee will be on NBC, but I really hope it is AT LEAST $150,000 because that is a nice paycheck and it’s what she deserves.
L) I worked my way up by the 10th year at CNN to get a fee of $150,000. By the way, just as a point of reference, Anderson Cooper regularly bragged for years that his annual CNN contract was $10 million a year.
M) I know $150,000 is a hell of lot of money for one night of work (although when I was doing it, I certainly put in more than one night of work) but trust me Leslie has paid her dues and when you are a female comic starting out you do gigs for free sometimes for years.
N) The first two years I appeared on CNN, it didn’t even occur to me to ask for a salary. The 8th year when I asked Jeff Zucker for a raise, he was so angry he docked me 30%. I’m sorry to say I took the pay cut because I truly enjoyed making you all laugh.
O) I really hope @Lesdoggg has been paid fairly for New Years...but I'm not optimistic. The boys get paid much, much more in the comedy industry and that is a fact I know a lot about.
P) I’ve never made serious New Year’s resolutions. Not when I did three shows on NYE at Carolines Comedy Club, or co-hosted MTV’s New Year’s broadcast in the year 2000. Remember Y2K?! I also appeared with Carson Daly in the NBC broadcast and had a blast.
Q) So each time I worked either live or on television on New Year’s Eve I would make a joke about how I didn’t believe in resolutions. Well, I’ve change my mind!

Here are my three resolutions for 2019...
R) Resolution #1: Try to make as many people laugh, giggle, gasp in shock, throw their head back and have a belly laugh for as long as possible!
S) Resolution #2: I have learned it is essential to stick up for others in ways I truly wish others would have stuck up for me. I have done that more than ever in the past year and will continue to do it no matter what.
T) Resolution #3: I will stay positive, be as brave as I can in my comedy, never quit, and never let the old boys club keep me silent or out of work.
U) I love you all and am so grateful for the love and support you have given me. Happy New Year to all of you! I may not be able to have a drink with you, but I have served up a pot of piping hot tea!

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