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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW: Kathy Griffin To March On DC Over "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell"; Talks Backlash Over Sarah Palin Joke

Mar. 14 2010, Published 10:58 a.m. ET

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Kathy Griffin was honored Saturday night by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) at its star studded gala at the Hyatt Century Plaza in Los Angeles, and was on the red carpet talking to the outrageous red-headed comedienne.

The always outspoken Griffin – who was given the HRC Ally For Equality Award for her work on behalf of the LGBT community –broke the news to that she will be traveling to Washington, D.C. this week on behalf of the HRC.

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“We’re going to do a really exciting protest on Thursday, March 18th on behalf of overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Griffin told us exclusively.

We also asked Kathy about her recent trip, along with Levi Johnston, to Alaska to film an episode of her Emmy Award winning reality TV series, My Life On The D-List -- a story first reported on

We wondered why Levi – whom Kathy calls her “lover” --  wasn’t with her at the HRC event?

With her trademark razor sharp  humor, Griffin quipped, “Levi actually is in his igloo crying over me because I’m doing ‘The Rules’. If I give him too much at once, then he takes me for granted, but sometimes I come back to these events, and then I’m sure he’ll read about it in the paper.”

When we asked for a sneak preview of what the episode will be about in Alaska, Kathy said, “Here’s what I can say about Levi. Levi might not be at this HRC event with me, but believe me, he’s done more for the gay community than he will ever know.”

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We also asked if she really said during a recent standup routine in Alaska that she wanted to push former Alaska governor Sarah Palin down a flight of stairs.

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“Oh my gosh, I got so much delicious hate mail about that. I don’t remember if I said it because, you know, my act changes so much I don’t know remember, but I hope I did because it’s outrageous and it got me a lot of ink and I got a lot of really funny hate mail, from you know, the tea partiers, the birthers, and the Palin fanatics, and I love stuff like that, so anytime I can say something outrageous to get myself in the papers is a good thing.”

Then, as Kathy was being hustled along the red carpet and into the ballroom where she was about to be honored, she added, “Besides, I have a long list of people I want to throw down the stairs, not just her. There’s about a hundred people off the top of my head, I’d like to throw down the stairs.”

Photo credits (in video):

Obama - Pacific Coast News

Simon Cowell and Ellen Degeneres, Kathy Griffin and Levi Johnston, Ellen and Portia-

Sarah Palin - Splash News

Levi Johnston - WENN

Kathy Griffin and mystery man - GSI Media



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