Comedian Kathy Griffin, just published a new book earlier this week, where she reveals all of her celebrity encounters. In the book dubbed, “Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index“, she divulges why she was “officially terrified” when she first met Pitbull, but then blown-away by how courteous he was.
There is an entire chapter in the book dedicated to Mr. Worldwide, where Kathy first explains how she met Armando on the night of September 10, 2011. It was the night of The Emmys and the American Latino Media Arts Awards (ALMA Awards). Griffin had attended the ALMA Awards as a surprise guest with Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and while backstage, she ran into Pitbull and his entourage. During the hilarious encounter, Armando gave her a rather R-rated compliment in Spanish. Read what she had to say below:
Then out of nowhere comes Pitbull and his entourage, and we’re now truly a traffic jam of posses. A Team Estefan guy named Davis, who’s known Pitbull forever, starts yelling at him in Spanish to get out of the way, and then Pitbull starts yelling back in Spanish, and I am officially terrified. I don’t know who are the Jets and who are the Sharks, but I know I’m not Officer Krupke. I’m worried that I’ve started a Cuban turf war, at which point Pitbull turns to me and starts screaming at me in Spanish, as if I were Lucy after some cockamamie scheme gone bad and he was Ricky Ricardo tearing me a new one. I turned to David with a nervous ‘What’s he saying?’ look, and David started translating: ‘You are the funniest bitch, mama! You’re so fuckin’ funny, mama, I’d fuck you and listen to your jokes, mama!’ Then Pitbull grabbed my shoulders and kissed me and walked away. Once my brain grasped David’s translation of Pitbull’s words, all I could do was snap out of it and yell, ‘Um… gracias!’
Two years later in 2013, Pitbull was doing a headlining show at the infamous Hollywood Bowl. Kathy was arranged to go backstage to meet Armando just minutes for he was set to hit the stage. Griffin explained that Armando was very courteous to have hosted her small group. Read about it below.
A couple of years later, Pitbull performed at the Hollywood Bowl, and we arranged to go backstage and hang out with him in his private suite. I know he’s supposed to be this big, scary Pitbull, or he’s ferociously sexy to the ladies or whatever, but I can tell you he’s also a guy that took time out minutes before his headlining performance at the Hollywood Bowl to host my little group of four. We took pictures and joked around. Real international love stuff. As exited the room to start his performance, I yelled, ‘DALE!’ And no, I don’t know what that means.