Kathy Griffin pens tribute post to Gloria Vanderbilt despite falling out with Anderson Cooper

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Kathy Griffin posted a touching tribute to Gloria Vanderbilt on Monday after news broke that the socialite and fashion designer passed away at the age of 95. “I would be so flattered when she would refer to me as her daughter,” Griffin shared, despite her feud with former-friend, and Vanderbilt’s son, Anderson Cooper. Now, social media users are hopeful that her recent passing will be the bridge the two need to mend their friendship.

Griffin’s fallout with Cooper, who had been a long-time friend, occurred after the comedian shared a controversial photo in which she posed with a replica of President Donald Trump’s decapitated head in May of 2017.

Griffin, 58, was widely condemned for the photo, including by Cooper, who tweeted, “I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.” As a result of the photo, Griffin, who had hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast alongside Cooper for ten years, was also fired by CNN.

In an interview with Variety in March of 2019, Griffin said that she was still “devastated” over the loss of the friendship which occurred two years prior.

“It still hurts. I mean, I really loved him. I don’t have a punchline for that one,” she said at the time.

Griffin shared on Instagram a few personal photos of her and Vanderbilt and wrote a touching message.

“I lost a friend today. The one and only Gloria Vanderbilt. I loved her so much… The dinner parties! I was so thrilled to be invited and spend more time with her. Often at these events I would be quite intimidated and Glo knew what to do. She would stop the conversation and say ‘Kaaaathy, WHAT is going on with the Lohans?’” Griffin wrote. “She would open up about her early life. The trauma she went through as a little girl & a grown woman. The ups, downs of her life. Her candor was extraordinary. I have no photos of those private conversations. ‘Kathy, there’s always more and we’re never done.’ I love you Glo.”

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I lost a friend today. The one and only Gloria Vanderbilt. I loved her so much. She let me call her “Glo Vandi” and I would be so flattered when she would refer to me as her daughter. When we would have our alone time, we would sit on this sofa and talk for hours. No topic was ever off-limits and believe it or not I would even shut up for a while because, oh the life that woman lived. I’d always plan on wearing something ridiculous to get her to laugh from the moment she opened the door. She would invite me to a book event, where I know I would be surrounded with so many intellectuals, I would always get overdressed and try to learn a new big word for the occasion! The dinner parties! I was so thrilled to be invited and spend more time with her. Often at these events I would be quite intimidated and Glo knew what to do. She would stop the conversation and say “Kaaaathy, WHAT is going on with the Lohans?” She would open up about her early life. The trauma she went through as a little girl & a grown woman. The ups, downs of her life. Her candor was extraordinary. I have no photos of those private conversations. “Kathy, there’s always more and we’re never done”. I love you Glo💔

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