Comedian Kathy Griffin is known for spawning both hilarity and controversy. During CNN’s live New Year’s Eve show, there was no shortage of the latter. In a move that some have called “vulgar,” Griffin made sexual jokes directed at co-host Anderson Cooper and then proceeded to kiss his crotch after midnight.
Griffin first raised eyebrows during the show by telling Cooper, “I’m going to tickle your sack.” Then, as the CNN host attempted to sway the conversation away from controversy, the back-and-forth intensified. Newsbusters recaps the dialogue:
An obviously nervous Cooper responded, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I have no sack of gifts here.”
Griffin then suggested the camera pan lower so the audience can see her “naughty gestures.”
When Cooper continued to try and clean it up by referring to a sack of Christmas presents, Griffin asked, “You’re calling your privates your Christmas presents?”
When Cooper said, “No,” Griffin said, “That’s typical hot guy. ‘Let’s open up the Christmas presents.’”
But that wasn’t the end of the bizarre antics. A more intense and inappropriate discussion proceeded after midnight, when Griffin kissed Cooper’s crotch area.
“Did you drop something?,” Cooper asked.
“No, I was kissing your sardine,” she replied.
“Thank you. I got it,” Cooper responded.
And that’s only a portion of the dialogue. Watch the entire debacle, below:
What do you think — is this appropriate behavior for a news network? Of course, this isn’t the first time Griffin has acted in such a manner during a CNN New Year’s Eve show. Let us know in the comments section.
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