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12/10/2010 10:09 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler Defend Bristol Palin Joke (VIDEO)

Kathy Griffin appeared on Chelsea Handler's talk show, 'Chelsea Lately,' on Thursday night, giving a defiant defense of her controversial joke about Bristol Palin.

"I made several scandalous jokes, as I like to do -- and I stand by all of them," Griffin told Handler with a laugh.

Griffin, hosting the 'VH1 Divas Salute the Troops' on Friday night, talking about Bristol's apparent weight gain. "She gained like 30 pounds a week, I swear to God, it was fantastic. She's like the white Precious," she said amid a chorus of boos from troops in the audience.

The joke, she said, was just that -- not any sort of bullying (though she has antagonized Palin before, taking her ex-fiancee and father of her child, Levi Johnston, as her date to several events).

"I think it's ironic that somebody would call me a bully, when there's a big difference between being a comedian and bullying -- it's our job," she said. For her part on the matter, Handler called the remark, "Hilarious."

Handler recently came under fire herself for crude remarks about Angelina Jolie at a standup comedy show, calling her a, "F***king C**t, F**king B**ch."

"Bullying -- I hate that word, bullying, but I didn't know people were calling us that -- is being a bully to someone who's defenseless, a poor little person who's done nothing wrong, not the people who are a-------!" she said on the show Thursday.

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