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E! TV Network Censors Comedienne Kathy Griffin's Emmy Speech


Kathy Griffin had a few words to say about her September 8 creative arts Emmy win - but viewers at home won't get to hear them.

The E! Channel will reportedly censor the comedian's raucous acceptance speech when it airs the event on September 15. The Fox Channel airs the main prime-time Emmy Awards ceremony the following night.

"Kathy Griffin's offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast on Saturday night," the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in a September 10 statement.

In her speech, Griffin said that "a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus." She went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ and proclaim "this award is my god now!"

Catholic League President Bill Donohue condemned the remarks on September 10, calling them a "vulgar, in-your-face brand of hate speech."

The TV Academy and E! say the four-hour ceremony will be cut to two hours, with Griffin's remarks shown in "an abbreviated version."

Kathy Griffin's publicist did not immediately return requests for comment left Monday evening. The academy said Monday it has no plans to address the issue in the prime-time broadcast. The 46-year-old Griffin earned her first creative arts Emmy for the second season of her reality TV series "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List."

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