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June 30, 2008

GLAAD for mom


David Letterman's done it, and so has Ellen, but the current best purveyor of the mine-mom-for-laughs routine is Kathy Griffin, who opened the 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards the other night by quizzing her 87-year-old mother, Maggie Griffin, about the World of the Gays.

High-larity ensued.

Since being gay means having fun and making merry, Maggie Griffin said the gayest thing she's ever done is go shopping, which doesn't mean she hasn't considered switch hitting (she has a thing for Suze Orman and basically asked her out for coffee on national TV). Go, mom!

Kathy, an Emmy winner who's a loose cannon when it comes to award shows, said her mom was her insurance policy for her good behavior. It worked, but it didn't cramp her style. Just the opposite, as any fan of "My Life on the D-List" can attest.

Makes us happy that "D-List" is back, where we can get a regular peek into a mother-daughter relationship that makes us feel considerably better about our own.

If you missed the GLAAD awards, results are here (Griffin won for best reality show and thanked everybody, including the "gay adjacent" people) and behind-the-scenes bits are here.

The show re-airs Tuesday on Bravo and, trust us, catching the opening with the Griffins will give your day a boost. The rest of the show's not bad either.



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