According to Kathy Griffin, the fallout from her anti-Trump photo controversy was more than just lost gigs and endorsement deals — it apparently also cost her a friendship with Anderson Cooper. The comedian revealed that information in a new interview with The Cut, which shed light on how the controversy from the photo she posted of her holding a beheaded likeness of the president changed her life and career and shifted her relationship with Cooper.
In the interview, Griffin noted that while Cooper had publicly addressed the incident on Twitter and on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (clip above), she didn't personally hear from the news anchor until August 10 (the photo went viral in late May). When he did reach out via text, she says that's when she told him their friendship was over. At that point, she had already been terminated from her gig at CNN where she annually co-hosted their New Year's Eve festivities with Cooper.
A source told The Cut that Cooper was “shocked and upset by the photo, and while he was not ready to talk to her personally about it, he still considered her to be a friend, and was publicly supportive when asked about the controversy.”
Shortly after the controversy hit, Griffin did release an apology video and later held a news conference. These days, she notes, she has no plans to say she's sorry. “Why are people still expecting me to apologize and grovel to a man that tweets like this? I’m a comedian; he’s our f***ing president.”
Check out more from Anderson's more recent WWHL appearance, below.