Kathy Griffin is officially off the D-List.
On Wednesday, the acid-tongued comic announced that she is walking away from My Life On The D-List, the hit Bravo docu-soap that won her an Emmy, after six seasons.
She says the time was right to walk away. Griffin, after all, is now so far removed from her former “D-List” status that she recently hosted VH1 Divas! 2010 and CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve countdown.
“It was a really tough decision because I think of the D-List as pretty much my baby for the last six seasons and I also think it was really time to stop doing it,” Kathy, 50, tells PEOPLE.
“Reality is great, but I really didn’t set out to be a reality star. So now it’s time to spread my wings and show that I’m a little different than Kate Gosselin. I’m not saying better, but maybe separate myself from the pack a little bit. I just cannot get enough or do enough stand-up. And there’s so much fun stuff going on – from Oprah’s launch of [cable network] OWN … not to mention the new Paula Abdul show [Live to Dance] or who knows what celebrity run-in I’ve had myself,” she added.
“[I’m] trying to keep the material as up to the minute as possible. Audiences know when they come to see me live, they’re going to see new stuff. [And] as long as there’s a show called My Strange Addiction about a woman who only eats toilet paper … then I have to do stand up.”
Don’t count Kathy out yet. Andy Cohen, Bravo’s President of Programming, has ordered four new comedy specials, starring Kathy, that are already set to air later this year.
“There is no better way to start off 2011 than giving Kathy Griffin an unprecedented four new stand-up comedy specials on Bravo in one year. Kathy’s quick fire humor and ability to tap into pop culture make for must watch television.”