Is Anderson Cooper Still Friends with Kathy Griffin?

Comedian Kathy Griffin is speaking out about her friendship with Anderson Cooper. The controversial funny woman talked with Variety about the ongoing fallout from her 2017 decision to share an image of herself posing with the bloody fake head of Donald Trump, a move she says almost completely destroyed her Hollywood career. She discussed what she’s been doing since the incident, and how Cooper’s reaction to the controversy affected her.

Griffin is “devastated” over losing Cooper’s friendship

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin
Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin host New Year’s Eve Live on CNN in 2016|Noam Galai/FilmMagic

In the interview, Griffin says losing Cooper’s support in the wake of the Trump photo controversy was painful. The CNN anchor quickly distanced himself from Griffin, which whom he’d hosted the network’s New Year’s Eve Live celebration for 10 years.

“I was devastated,” Griffin said of Anderson’s response. “It still hurts. I mean, I really loved him. I don’t have a punchline for that one.”

At the time, Cooper said in a tweet that he was “appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”

Griffin eventually apologized for sharing the image, with many thought was tasteless and some interpreted as a threat against the president.

“I sincerely apologize,” she said in response to the furor. “I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.” She later walked back that apology.

Griffin was the one who ended the friendship

Griffin has said in interviews that she was hurt that Cooper didn’t contact her personally after the controversy exploded, and instead sent out his tweet denouncing her without any warning. While several people from CNN reached out to Griffin to see how she was doing, Cooper wasn’t one of them. Instead, he waited more than two months to contact his friend, The Cut reported.

Though Cooper hadn’t reached out to Griffin, he stated publicly that he and Griffin were still friends. The comedian was hurt by the divide between his public statements and private actions. When he did reach out to her via text message, Griffin ended the friendship.

Griffin has said Cooper will never apologize

Griffin is in the process of rebuilding her career after the Trump photo scandal. While she says that Hollywood executives still refuse to work with her, her recent “Laugh Your Head Off” tour brought in $4.4 million and played to sold-out audiences. She’s also self-financed her first-ever concert movie, Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story, which is premiering at this year’s South by Southwest festival.

But rebuilding the bridge with Cooper might be off the table. Though Griffin sounded regretful about the lost friendship in the Variety interview, in the past, her comments have been less measured.

In an interview with the Daily Beast in October 2017, Griffin called Cooper a “spineless heiress.” Cooper is a member of the Vanderbilt family, who were once among the richest people in America.

She’s also said that Cooper will never apologize for not having her back during the controversy. “He’s not that kind of guy. He and Jeff Zucker, who run CNN, they’re not cut from that cloth,” she told Wendy Williams in 2018. “He’s not that guy.”

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