Kathy Griffin Ended Her Friendship With Anderson Cooper Over Her Trump Controversy — Anderson Didn’t Even Reach Out Until August 10!
It definitely stung Kathy Griffin when her friend of nearly 20 years, Anderson Cooper, went out of his way to slam her in unusually harsh language for that picture she posed for, in which she appears to be holding Trump’s severed head.
In a long, deep dip into Kathy Griffin’s mind published in The Cut, the besieged comic tells Yashar Ali she is no longer in an apologetic mood regarding that kerfuffle wherein she posed for a pic holding what appeared to be Donald Trump’s decapitated head:
Why are people still expecting me to apologize and grovel to a man that tweets like this? 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. 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?
She gave the first two sentences of that quote just over three weeks after the photo had hit the Internet causing a maelstrom of controversy, and distracting people for a week or so from the much more serious wrongdoing Trump was either in the act of committing, or attempting to get away with having done during the ’16 election. Their truth is only magnified by the events she refers to in the more recent quotes.
In addition to enduring a ridiculous Secret Service investigation (who could really believe she was a serious threat to Trump, a man who has a verifiable nutjob standing right behind him in many rallies?) and being fired from her CNN New Year’s Eve gig, Griffin also had to deal with close pal Anderson Cooper tweeting his condemnation. Though Cooper more recently said he was still friends with Kathy, that no longer appears to be the case:
In the following days, Griffin says four of Cooper’s CNN colleagues reached out repeatedly to Griffin to check on her and offer private support (I independently confirmed this). But Cooper didn’t contact Griffin until August 10, CNN confirmed to me.
On July 26, when asked about Griffin on Andy Cohen’s talk show, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Cooper claimed that Griffin was still a friend. “Yeah, we’re still friends, and look I said what I said about — I didn’t think what she said was appropriate, but I wish her the best and I hope she bounces back,” he told Cohen.
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.”