Kathy Griffin airs Pap smear on 'D-List' . . . to inspire women

By Lisa de Moraes
Friday, April 16, 2010

Kathy Griffin will attempt to outdo Katie Couric's celebrity colonoscopy this Friday when she gets an on-air Pap smear for her cable series "My Life on the D-List" to raise awareness about cervical cancer.

But whereas Couric modestly had her colonoscopy conducted at a hospital in Manhattan, Griffin is getting her Pap smear poolside at the Palomar Hotel in Los Angeles.

If you wanted to watch Couric's colonoscopy, you had to watch it on NBC News's "The Today Show." But Griffin's Pap smear you can go see for yourself if you can't wait to see it when her series returns to Bravo which, once upon a time, used to air arts programming.

That's right, Griffin, 49, is having a public, poolside Pap smear -- which we're guessing is a TV first, a pap smear first, a hotel first and too many other firsts to mention.

"On Friday, April 16, [Griffin] will receive this important test in hopes that every woman will see how easy it is to get this done," her publicist said in a news release.

"Kathy feels that this cause is so important that she has bedazzled her [private parts] so it can be as 'va-beautiful' as it 'va-can' " the news release added.

Sadly, Griffin's procedure will not be conducted by a hunky poolside attendant. Rather, it will be done by an actual "medical physician," Griffin announced, via her publicist in a news release.

The press also has been invited to cover the event poolside, her publicist said in the news release. You'll want to check the evening news Friday -- and all the celebrity suck-up shows -- for their coverage.

This women's body-part examination trend was started by maverick Couric way back in 2000 when she had her large intestine checked from the inside out on NBC's "Today" show.

Then-"Today" show executive producer Jeff Zucker -- who, in one of those weird coincidences, is now CEO of NBC Universal and oversees, among other things, Kathy Griffin's Bravo network -- had promised back in 2000 that "Today" would not show too much of his superstar's colon -- and now, he's putting on public poolside Pap smears.

Anyway, he lied back in 2000.

For eight of the longest minutes of our lives the "Today" camera showed viewers in exquisite detail the pictures being sent back from the very little camera probing the innermost Couric regions.

Couric's celebrity colonoscopy was credited with a spike in the number of colonoscopies performed over the next few months. This was Couric's intention; her husband, Jay Monahan, had died of colon cancer two years earlier.

Hopefully, Griffin's public Pap smear will produce the same results.

Not to mention the ratings.

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