The troops at the Marine Corps Air Station in California booed Kathy Griffin at 'VH1 Divas: Salute the Troops' for a lame joke taunting Bristol Palin for seemingly being the "only contestant in the history of ['Dancing With the Stars'] to actually gain weight" during the show. As criticism for Kathy mounts a day after the special aired, sources tell me VH1 nearly cut the ugly moment out of the show.

"There was talk at VH1 about editing out the joke and the reaction to it but in the end we decided to leave it in," a network insider tells me. "It made the event feel live and Kathy is a big girl. It's not the first time one of her jokes have failed."