Kathy Griffin Told Anderson Cooper Their Friendship is Over


CNN president Jeff Zucker forbid Griffin from telling too many jokes about Donald Trump during CNN's 2017 NYE special starring Anderson Cooper and Griffin - the same special from which Griffin was promptly fired following the release of the controversial video. The two, who had been long-time friends and colleagues at CNN, have drifted further and further apart.

Throughout the controversy, however, Griffin received support from stars like Jim Carrey, who said it's her job as a comedian to "cross the line at all times". It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate, ' he wrote in tweet. Kathy Griffin said that while Anderson recently told Bravo host Andy Cohen that they are still friends, she was deeply hurt by his silence after the scandal.

Griffin said that as the issue escalated, she figured she would get a text message or phone call from Cooper before he inevitably denounced the shoot. It wasn't amusing. I get it.

'I had nothing to do with it, but I certainly understand why CNN made that decision.

To read her full interview, head over to The Cut.

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Rosie O'Donnell, a celebrity that has frequently been in the Trump crosshairs, said she reached out to Griffin to ask her one simple question: "What is James Foley's mom going to think when she sees this?"

Griffin and Cooper were friends for 17 years prior to their falling out over the photo shoot. "I will continue. I asked your forgiveness, and I'm gonna ask the photographer to take down the image, and I beg for your forgiveness".

"Why are people still expecting me to apologize and grovel to a man that tweets like this?" Griffin said. "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 said.

In an in-depth interview with NY magazine's The Cut, the comedian - who, in the wake of the scandal, was sacked from the CNN New Year's Eve broadcast that she had co-hosted with Anderson Cooper for 10 years - discussed the controversial photo at length, revealing that it was the catalyst that ultimately ended her almost two decade-long friendship with Cooper. "I'm a comedian; he's our f****** president", the flame-haired comic told New York Magazine's Yashar Ali.