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She honed a comedy and television career that poked fun at her relatively modest place in the Hollywood hierarchy in a self-deprecating manner.
She frequently appears in such self-consciously tacky projects as the reality show competition Celebrity Mole Hawaii — in which she won the 2003 edition after undergoing such experiences as walking over hot lava with her bare feet.
Walters has stated that she was worried about hiring another loose cannon after the troubles with Rosie O'Donnell.
Griffin recently divulged in her stand-up that she is now banned from The View after talking about the gig on her most recent televised comedy special, Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell.
Despite running jokes in her act about Executive Producer Barbara Walters not liking her, Griffin co-hosted the show many times after O'Donnell left in May 2007.
Whoopi Goldberg was ultimately selected as a permanent replacement.
Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that a source tells him that The View is having second thoughts about hiring Sherri Shepherd over Griffin, although both The View and Walters' spokespersons deny this.She said one time she was there she went backstage and talked with a Groundling member (Phil Hartman) and asked him what The Groundlings were all about.This led to her taking classes there and eventually being asked into the Main Company.Her breakthrough came on the Bravo reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (2005–2010), which became a ratings hit for the network and earned her two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality Program.Griffin has released six comedy albums, with all of them receiving Grammy Award nominations.