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Emmys: Kathy Griffin grills Ryan Seacrest over Julianne Hough

September 18, 2011 |  8:24 pm

Ryan Seacrest at the 2011 Emmy Awards

Kathy Griffin is historically unapologetic in her skewering of E! red carpet host and radio personality Ryan Seacrest — be it jokes about his height, his sexuality or his bags of money, sparks always fly when the pair collide. Sunday's Emmy red carpet was no exception.

"When I make fun of you or debase you, it helps my ticket sales," Griffin told Seacrest. It took only moments for Griffin to cut through the traditional carpet banter and ask, "Are you still bangin’ the dancer?"

Griffin was, of course, referring to Seacrest's main squeeze, Julianne Hough, the former "Dancing With the Stars" pro turned country singer whom Seacrest has been courting for nearly a year.

"How did you get her? ... What kind of smoke-and-mirrors game are you playing?" Griffin joked. "Do  you stand on your money and say, 'Here I come?' "


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Photo: Ryan Seacrest did the job for E! on the red carpet at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters.