04/10/2014 09:57 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Kathy Griffin Gets Real About Sexism In Comedy

Kathy Griffin has won two Emmys and one Grammy for her biting brand of comedy, but even a shelf full of awards hasn't saved her from sexism.

During a conversation with HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker about her upcoming tour dates, Griffin responded to a fan question about Jenny Collier, a female comedian who was recently dropped from a show in the UK that had "too many women." Griffin said something similar has happened to her many times.

"There have been times I've actually been turned down for a charity gig where I'm showing up for free, and they'll be like, 'Oh, we already have the girl,'" she said.

Even senior executives have patronized Griffin during meetings, she added.

"I had a meeting about two weeks ago where a male executive said to me, 'We've got our female slot filled. I'm so sorry we didn't contact you sooner.' And I went, 'Oh, well as long as that one slot is filled, because you know only 1 percent of the population is female, so you're covered,'" Griffin said.

See the full HuffPost Live conversation with Kathy Griffin below.



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