Kathy Griffin visited ‘Larry King Live’ on Tuesday (November 24), where the comedian was asked about ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken’s hand over the mouth incident with Kelly Ripa, and the subsequent reaction by ‘The View’ co-host Rosie O’Donnell.
“OK, so I just think it’s funny that there’s a controversy between Aiken and Ripa,” Griffin told King. “Like who would have thought that Kelly Ripa ever got mad at anybody? But as my mother said, be careful of those tiny ones. And I don’t know what that means but she sticks to it. And Clay, you know put his hand over Ripa’s mouth which, you know, just for my makeup point of view I don’t agree with because, you know, don’t mess with my lip liner, Clay. And I think Ripa had a point. He never would have done that to Regis. You know, but it’s funny to me that there’s like a controversy with those two. I mean, who would have thought. And then when Rosie made her comments where she said you know, this is a show called ‘The View’ and as a gay woman, I thought it was homophobic. Let me tell you, I did an informal gay survey and I talked to several gay people and they all said that when Ripa said to Clay, ‘Honey, I don’t know where that hand has been’, that the knee-jerk reaction was maybe it was homophobic. But when they thought about it, oh, maybe not.”
As for whether Griffin herself thought it was homophobic, she said, “The first second I heard it I was like, oh, a little cringe. And later I thought, no, I guess it was a funny little quip.”
Asked what she thought Ripa’s remark meant if it didn’t mean that, she responded, “That he’s gay. No, I’m kidding. I love Rosie, though. And I think it’s great that ‘The View’ has really become a watercooler show again.”
Clay Aiken: The Downfalls Of Fame
December 1, 2006 – Ironically, a week before all the uproar between Clay and Kelly Ripa over the hand incident, Shaun Robinson of ‘Access Hollywood’ spoke with an introspective Clay on the downfalls of fame as Clay was filming a cameo for the December 26th episode of ‘Days of Our Lives’. “It’s all kind of frightening and scary and there are days when I think ‘Will anybody ever not know who I am?'” the ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up revealed.
Claymates Cry ‘Ripacrite’ At Kelly’s Germ Defense
December 1, 2006 – Following Clay Aiken’s appearance on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’, where the ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up upset co-host Kelly Ripa by placing his hand over her mouth to get a question in, Claymates have continued to post video clips of Ripa suggesting she’s a hypocrite for her complaints afterwards. Clay’s angry fans have even put an OurDailyRipa tag on many of the videos, falsely suggesting the videos were created by Kelly’s fan site. Watch one of the clips at YouTube.