It already seems like years ago that D-list comedienne Kathy Griffin got herself in some hot water for some photos depicting her holding the bloody, severed head of the President of the United States. In reality it was just a couple of months ago. Following a visit from the Secret Service, a presidential Twitter storm and getting fired from her job at CNN, Griffin went on the obligatory apology tour, claiming it was just comedy gone overboard. However, it was too late and the damage was done. She lost her elite “Squatty Potty” endorsement deal.
She didn’t, however lose her “work-husband”, CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Griffin and Cooper have been friends for over a decade and colleagues as CNN’s regular New Year’s Eve hosts. Although Cooper didn’t approve of the photos, he maintained that he still considered her a friend and wished her the best.
However, the tides of love doth sway as a weak branch in frequent gusts of life. The ex-pooper pusher says she is no longer friends with Anderson Cooper. In an interview with The Cut, Griffin says she felt betrayed by him when he didn’t call to check up on her in the weeks following the controversy.
The fact that Cooper was telling people publicly they were friends, while not checking in with her, hurt Griffin deeply. When he finally reached out to her in a series of text messages, she told him their friendship was over.
A source close to Cooper tells me 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.”
And about that apology…she’s not sorry anymore.
“Why are people still expecting me to apologize and grovel to a man that tweets like this?” Griffin vented to me. “I’m a comedian; he’s our fucking president.”
“President Trump just pardoned Joe Arpaio, who was essentially running a concentration camp in the Arizona desert,” she tells me over the phone this past weekend. “He said there are some good Nazis, and he’s kicking out young adults who were brought here as kids by their parents, and I’m the one who has to continue to apologize?”
The 56-year-old performer may be down, but she’s not out. She’s making plans to become a defender of the First Amendment.
Griffin says she wants to focus on First Amendment issues now. She’s hoping to organize a First Amendment concert with the ACLU, and she’s working on a documentary film of her upcoming international tour, as well as a docu-series, although none of these projects has come to fruition yet.
The first person to ask Kathy Griffin whether or not nazi hate speech is protected under the First Amendment wins a copy of the Constitution.