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Fayetteville’s Kathy Griffin swaps places with comic on CBS’s ‘Same Name’

Kathy Griffin (left) and Fayetteville's Kathy Griffin, on "Same Name" this Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS. CREDIT: CBS

Kathy Griffin (left) and Fayetteville's Kathy Griffin, on "Same Name" this Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS. CREDIT: CBS

ABC had a successful show called “Wife Swap” for many years where wives of very different ilk (e.g. urban/country, dictatorial/free-spirited) change households for a few days. Tension and hilarity ensue.

CBS on Sundays has taken a twist to that formula and thrown celebrities into the mix. Famous folks swap places with non-famous folks who happen to have the same name as them. Yes, it’s called “Same Name.”

Fayetteville mom and fiberglass yarn saleswoman Kathy Griffin this Sunday flips lives with “My Life on the D List” comic Kathy Griffin. Here are some comments from the local Griffin:

[UPDATE August 1: The episode can now be watched online here. The comic describes the local Griffin as resembling "Condoleezza Rice married to O.J. Simpson. Yah, we've all been thinking it. Let's cut the crap!"]

Does she ever get confused with the comedienne? “Not so much in person. I’m black and she’s white. But over the phone, I’d get, ‘Is this the real Kathy Griffin?’ I’d say, ‘No. I wish I had her money but no.’ ”

Reality sets in: “It took us a little aback. We have our little house. It’s lovely. Then 40 people are crawling all over it. The camera crews, the lighting, the producers. It was a little unnerving. But after an hour, you forget the cameras are there.”

Welcome to TMZ land: “When I got off the plane in Los Angeles, it was a zoo. I had this camera crew following me so people started taking pictures of me, thinking I was somebody. It was hilarious.”

Hanging with Griffin’s gays: “She has a huge gay following. I’m kind of thinking this is going to be a bunch of weirdos. But they are the sweetest, nicest people. I learned not to be so judgmental. They are people who want to be loved, to have friends, just like everybody else.”

The comic’s domestication skills: “My husband [Gerard] told me she was pathetic as a housewife and cook. She is not domestic or maternal. She has no children. She didn’t know how to cut a tomato.”

ON TV

‘Same Name,” CBS, Sunday July 31, 9 p.m.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

39 comments Add your comment

Bone

July 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

What a waste of air!!!!

deegee

July 27th, 2011
12:59 pm

Very creative. I love the idea.

RJ's Wife

July 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

At least they find out how each other lives…I’m sure they both had fun (hopefully) :-)

JIMBOB (aka James Robert)

July 27th, 2011
1:05 pm

The David Hasslehoff episode was actually pretty cute.

Mr. Ed

July 27th, 2011
1:08 pm

“They are people who want to be loved, to have friends, just like everybody else.”

Duh, you think???? Mebbe, Gheys are just people, not aliens.

Raisin Toast Fanatic

July 27th, 2011
1:16 pm

Kathy Griffin sucks, and is not funny and never was. Just talks a lot and makes gestures.

What a waste of opportunity for someone who actually could be funny.

DebDoes

July 27th, 2011
1:20 pm

Her comment about gays was a bit ‘unnerving’, but I like the concept. And yes she is funny! Some ‘people’ just don’t get her. Love Kathy.

Chode McBlob

July 27th, 2011
1:23 pm

All those “reality shows” are a waste of air time!

KathydoesAtlanta

July 27th, 2011
1:27 pm

The “comedienne” Kathy is one of the rudest people in the U.S. If you don’t accept her brand of humor she’ll skewer you with typical name calling and insults. Many, many years ago she had the potential to be a good comedienne but I wouldn’t waste more than the minute I just did responding to this watching her.

mike scott

July 27th, 2011
1:39 pm

KATHY GRIFFEN a star? talk about a stretch.

Steve

July 27th, 2011
1:44 pm

What is it with the black community and homophobia? Good Lord, get with the 21st Century. Gay people are just PEOPLE.

NO HATE

July 27th, 2011
2:12 pm

did she really just say that she expected the gays to be a bunch of weirdos? really? i guess perhaps that’s what i should expect from the “straights.”
if you have such a huge problem with gays, take it up with the heteros that keep having them.

Tim

July 27th, 2011
2:35 pm

At least the woman was honest… I’m sure she is not the only hetero to think we might be a bunch of weirdos, at best. she was honest and she now see’s that her closed minded belief was incorrect

kelli

July 27th, 2011
2:48 pm

I think it helped open her mind to the fact that gay people are not what she ignorantly thought or was taught and now maybe she can change some of her judgmental friend’s opinions.
I thought it was hilarious what she said about the comedian and her domestic skills. Funny!

Honest Ingine

July 27th, 2011
2:59 pm

I have to go sort out my sock draw…

Kat

July 27th, 2011
3:08 pm

@No Hate: I liked your comment: “…take it up with the heteros that keep having them.” Too funny!

John Galt

July 27th, 2011
3:10 pm

Neighbors should have a legal right to be notified if that obnoxious woman was in the neighborhood- sort of like a registered sex offender. Rudeness and arrogance in that large a concentration must be a public danger-

Relationship Expert

July 27th, 2011
3:38 pm

Consider taking the celebrities out of the show and replacing them with D.C politicians. What a sobering experience— Politicians walking in their constituents’ shoes.

DarkBrown

July 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

Steve, honey – it ain’t just Black people. Matter of fact, I find it rather interesting that few of people that you see on television protesting against gay issues are Black.

Terry

July 27th, 2011
5:06 pm

Oh, she’s a real classy chick. Here’s her acceptance at winning some award.

“Can you believe this sh*#^t? I guess hell froze over. … 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. So, all I can say is, ’suck it, Jesus.’ This award is my god now.”

I guarantee you she doesn’t have the sack to say that about Mohammed.

K-Woman

July 27th, 2011
5:09 pm

WHAT TIM SAID.

Diana

July 27th, 2011
5:51 pm

That lady is a jerk.

Bone

July 27th, 2011
6:00 pm

Again, a waste of air. Go get a life, people!

Cway

July 27th, 2011
6:07 pm

I think this is one of the most original ideas TV producers have had for some time. We rarely get a snapshot of regular folks and thier lives and this begins to reveal “the real world”.

Cway

July 27th, 2011
6:08 pm

Relationship Expert, nice idea, but we may have some challenges making it conform to network guidelines.

RWilliams

July 27th, 2011
8:11 pm

I am female and my name is Robin Williams. Oh how I would love for him to switch places with me for a few days! Ever since Mork and Mindy, when I give my name to someone (especially reservations), they always seem so disappointed when it’s just me. Just glad my name is associated with someone who brings laughter!!!

JC

July 27th, 2011
8:28 pm

I never knew gays were ‘people’ too. What a concept, get a life lady. Black people dont want to be judged yet you are just as judgemental. I saw the previews to this show and saw her comment and was blown away. Sad, so very sad.

Tka

July 27th, 2011
8:48 pm

When she went to Baghdad at the height of the war, my wife’s nephew, serving in the Green Zone, hung out with her and was a principal in seeing her around. I appreciate her for caring about our troops.

llkjlkj

July 28th, 2011
8:48 am

I’ve always understood the reason for the high rate of HIV infections among black women to be because of homophobia in the black community. The gay guys are on the ‘down low’ instead of open about it, so they end up sleeping with both… like Eddie Long.

My wife went to the funeral of an elderly black woman, and the service lasted 4 hours!! She said for a good bit of it, the preacher was railing against homosexuality in the black community. My wife was told that the preacher thought it was a chance to address young men he wouldn’t normally get to preach to, so he took it.
She said the entire experience was almost surreal, since most of the service had little to do with the dead woman herself.

llkjlkj

July 28th, 2011
8:54 am

I do hope the woman from Fayatteville didn’t have to get massive amounts of plastic surgery. That’s certainly a central part of living as the famous one.

Richard

July 29th, 2011
11:20 pm

Kathy is my favorite comedian. It’s funny how the people who don’t like her say she’s rude, but yet the nasty comments they make about her is just as hypocritical! Of course maybe the few haters here are just living pretty pathetic lives and can’t take a joke or two, but I love me some Kathy!

And re: Terry’s comment. Kathy have pretty much told every deity to suck it at one point. SO she does not discriminate like you!!!

C James Tournbleau

July 31st, 2011
7:42 pm

Kathy Griffin is hilarious. But come on now I do not consider a town 20 miles from downtown Atlanta to be country. I want to see LA Kathy Griffin barefooted and living in some tore up ole shack in West VA. Where she can has to sit on the front listening to banjo music while rocking in an old 19th century rocking chair. Her fashion would include a pair of daisy dukes and a red and white checkered shirt tied up tightly beneath her ample bosom.

William Bachus

July 31st, 2011
9:42 pm

the Kathy G. replacement is a nightmere… Mrs. Black USA—- full of hate and judgement… and as fake as the day is long… Who the Hell does she think she is… Evey person has the right to be thier design and to live by thier rule… but kindness and manners matter… Get over your Rich/ no class black life attitude…

Deon

July 31st, 2011
10:04 pm

What is ironic is the fact that both of the black Kathie’s son seemed gay!

Nicole

July 31st, 2011
10:39 pm

Don’t be so hard on her. She learned. And people who grew up believing something, especially if they lived in a community with all the same opinion, it can be hard to open your mind. Now I’ve never had a problem with gays, but not everyone can understand at first. Considering some people’s homophobia, she came around pretty quickly, as soon as she was around homosexual people. So she’s not judgemental by nature, and she has an open mind. Not everyone makes all the right decisions or forms all the right opinions right out of the box.

billybob

July 31st, 2011
10:53 pm

At least I’m not the only one that thought that Kathy’s sons were hiding in the closet. Especially the older one. Maybe this experience will help prepare Mom for the coming out party.

CAU93

August 1st, 2011
10:52 am

William Bachus says the Kathy G replacement was a nightmare full of hate….huh???. Please get a grip! Mr. Bachus must live a very sheltered life, because I’ve been around people who are absolute nightmares, and the Kathy G replacement was no nightmare…just a woman raised in a southern conservative Baptist lifestyle who needed her horizons broadened. And I believe the show succeeded somewhat in doing that. And if the replacement Kathy G is somehow “fake” as Mr. Bachus says with her 21 year marriage, two relatively well-behaved sons, and her professional success, then I hope the media features more “fake” Black folks like her rather than the people I usually see presented on reality TV. And as an aside, I really enjoyed seeing the way her husband loved and supported her.

I also find it interesting that some comments say that the sons are closet gays. I don’t know if people realize what they’re implying. So if a Black upper-middle class two-parent household raises sons who are good-looking, soft-spoken, and educated, then the sons must be gay? Hmmm…I don’t know about that. The party the sons took Kathy to seemed filled with a bunch a good-looking young women (who incidentally looked to be of the same “Cosby Kid” backgrounds as the boys), so I think some folks (including some Black folks!)hold some very stereotypical views on how young Black men are supposed to look and be.

James

August 1st, 2011
1:36 pm

Much as I love Kathy, NOTHING will ever compare with Marguerite Perrin from Wife Swap (or was it one of those other shows?). “Dork sah-did!” I can’t get enough of it. Off to youtube.com to watch it again.

nidonna2

August 2nd, 2011
11:00 am

To William Bachus

Get over your ownself! You’re the hater here!