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Scoop! Kathy Griffin Will Offend On Defenders

Kathy Griffin will do what she does best — caustically cut people down a peg or two (…or three) — when she appears on CBS’ The Defenders later this season, TVLine has learned.

In the episode “Nevada v. Greene,” Griffin guest-stars as Sally, a second-rate nightclub comic who gets sued for insulting audience members that have been cherry-picked by her producers.

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The Defenders, starring Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell, debuts in its new Fridays-at-8 time slot this week; Griffin’s episode is tentatively set to air in early March.

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Griffin recently announced the end of her Bravo series My Life On The D-List, though she will continue to tape stand-up specials for the cabler. Her recent acting gigs have included a March 2010 episode of Law & Order: SVU, where she played a lesbian activist.