Late Show with David Letterman

Kathy Griffin strips for David Letterman

Jan. 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM ET

David Letterman gave Kathy Griffin his undivided attention on "Late Show."

Comedian Kathy Griffin ushered in the new year sans dress alongside her annual countdown pal Anderson Cooper, and on Thursday night, she decided to relive the moment by stripping down for "Late Show" host David Letterman.

"Every year, I try to up the ante a little bit," Griffin told Letterman of her New Year's Eve antics. "You know, I've done it (on CNN) for five years now and I've been fired four years in a row. So this year, I thought, 'What can I do to not get canned?' ... I thought it would be appropriate -- Times Square -- to create sort of a moment, so I took my clothes off. And I didn't tell Anderson. I really didn't tell anyone."

After sharing a clip of her nearly nude holiday moment, the 51-year-old then said, "I'll do it right now."

"Go ahead," Letterman replied.

With no more incentive necessary, the former "My Life on the D-List" star peeled off part of her dress and gave Letterman and his audience a show.

Between stares and snickers, the clearly thrilled host simply said, "Aw, man!"

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