Last week Howard played a clip from "Entertainment Tonight" of Kathy Griffin crying about how she is going blind in her right eye because of complications from LASIK eye surgery. Kathy stopped by today to discuss this with us. As she walked into the studio, Fred played talk show sob story music in the background.
Kathy explained that she had eye surgery a few years ago, but on a routine check up the doctor told her he could make her vision even better with another, 3 minute procedure. It was after this procedure that cells began to grow under her cornea, causing the blindness she was now experiencing. She said to correct the problem she has to undergo another surgery, which includes getting stitches in her eye, but only has a 60% chance of success. Gary read a letter from a doctor who seemed to know a lot about her case in which he refuted much of what Kathy says about the experience. Kathy said that since going public, the LASIK industry has been trying to keep her quiet and this letter is a perfect example of that effort. One caller wanted to know it this was Karma coming back to get her for being mean to celebrities in her Laugh Factory series.
Another caller, who sounded a lot like a famous death metal drummer from Kansas, wanted to know if the next doctor to perform surgery on Kathy could also sew her mouth shut. Howard then went through the whole list of procedures Kathy has gone through from liposuction to labiaplasty, (she was kidding about this one) and begged her to stop. Howard said that Kathy is a beautiful woman and she does not need to put herself through this. Kathy said that while it is true she has a few cosmetic surgeries, she has had far less than the cast of "Friends!" Kathy just wants to make sure people know about the risks of eye surgery. One caller, a lawyer who only does eye surgery malpractice suits, said the doctors usually make patients sign a waiver of liability that is full of technical terms no ordinary person would ever understand. He claimed this was just unfair. Towards the end of the conversation, Howard tried to get Kathy to cry like she did in the ET clip, but she just kept laughing. Another caller suggested that a little milky sauce in the eye would probably be all she needed. Howard ended the interview asking Kathy to keep him updated on her condition -- which Kathy agreed to do.