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    Kathy Griffin Explains Why She Thanked Justin Bieber in Her Grammy Acceptance Speech

    Kathy Griffin, Justin Bieber Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AP

    Kathy Griffin thanked Justin Bieber after she accepted her award for Best Comedy Album at the 2014 Grammys, and now she's offering up further explanation as to why the singer played such an integral role in her win.

    "I do thank Justin Bieber for my Grammy for Best Comedy, because he has provided me with so much material that I share it with Justin Bieber," the 53-year-old funnygal said Monday night on the red carpet during AARP's 13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

    "And not a lot of winners said that," she continued. "But darn it, I do. And it is the people like Justin Bieber, the Kardashians, the Chris Christies if you will, the people in the public eye that make us laugh and give me material and they force me to go to that microphone and stay on tour weekend after weekend of being inappropriate."

    PHOTO: Justin Bieber smiles in mugshot after DUI arrest

    Kathy Griffin Courtesy: Vince Bucci/Invision for AARP Media/AP Images

    Griffin served as the evening's host and brought no shortage of laughs, opening the night by calling the AARP the "new mafia." 

    And while the 19-year-old pop star certainly wasn't in the audience to serve as comedic fodder, the redheaded beauty had no trouble poking fun at the 50 and older crowd, including the night's guest of honor, Susan Sarandon.

    But her first victim was KTLA anchor Sam Rubin, who made waves earlier this week when he mistook Samuel L. Jackson for Laurence Fishburne, causing the Pulp Fiction star to slam the reporter on live TV (the clip instantly went viral). 

    WATCH: Samuel L. Jacksom slams anchor Sam Rubin after he confuses actor with Laurence Fishburne

    "I don't know if you guys heard, but journalist Sam Rubin, yeah I'm going there, was interviewing Samuel L. Jackson and then called him Laurence Fishburne," she said. "If you've not seen this tape, it's funny. It's not supposed to be funny, but it is."

    Indeed, the video is painful to watch.

    "And I just want to say, Sam Rubin feels awful. He feels foolish," Kathy continued. "And at the same time, I want to congratulate Lee Daniels for directing 12 Years a Slave." (Daniels, of course directed The Butler while Steve McQueen directed 12 Years a Slave. Both men attended the star-studded event). 

    And then it was Sarandon's turn for a little public humiliation (or in this case, admiration?) after Griffin called her out for seemingly dating a much-younger man.

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    Susan Sarandon Courtesy: Vince Bucci/Invision for AARP Media/AP Images

    "I'm 53 years old. Look at my body. Look at it. My boyfriend is 35, screw you," Griffin said before adding, "Sarandon, don't even start."

    The 67-year-old acting legend hinted she's dating 36-year-old Jonathon Bricklin in the latest issue of AARP magazine, telling the publication, "Yeah, I think so," when asked if the pair, who are co-investors in SPiN, a popular ping-pong bar in NYC, also have a romantic relationship.

    "I actually asked Susan Sarandon if she thought 35 was too old for me," Kathy quipped. "And she said, 'Call me in a few months,' so fingers crossed, everybody."

    Dare we suggest these two step out on a double date?! 

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