Kathy Griffin Ends Her Friendship With Anderson Cooper Over Trump Photo Scandal

Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper were best friends for almost two decades, but their friendship ended after the scandal involving her controversial beheaded Trump photo.

Cooper didn't contact Griffin until August 10, CNN confirmed to me.

Signs that their friendship was on the rocks came after Cooper tweeted his disdain for Griffin's actions at the time: 'For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in.

The two eventually made up, but Griffin said that in the lead-up to the most recent New Year's, Zucker called her and said she could only tell four Trump-related jokes.

Griffin claimed that she was upset by Cooper's excoriation of her photo shoot, where he took to Twitter to condemn the atrocity.

The duo have been friends for over 17 years, and have hosted CNN's annual New Years Eve broadcast together for the past ten years.

According to the article, when Cooper "finally reached out to her in a series of text messages, she told him their friendship was over".

"Yeah, we're still friends", he said.

Despite her apology and an emotional press conference, the controversy led her to lose money, jobs, fans and even close friends ― among them Anderson Cooper. I still love Kathy Griffin.

Griffin in May took part in a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, in which she paraded around with a prop of a bloody, severed head featuring the likeness of Trump.

'I am sorry. I went too far. While Griffin removed the photo and asked for forgiveness, it lives on forever on social media. I understand how it offends people. Ali tweeted a screenshot of the email Griffin received from CBS Corporation's Arnold Kopelson, who wrote the kind of "Dear Leader" letter you'd expect to read in something like V For Vendetta, further signaling our descent into a dystopia. Just look at the promo for her "Laugh Your Head Off" tour.

So the comedian went into seclusion, but after about three months in self-imposed exile (which was an act of self-preservation, given the death threats she was receiving), Griffin is ready to act as provocateur once more.

'President Trump just pardoned Joe Arpaio, who was essentially running a concentration camp in the Arizona desert, ' she said. Griffin said. "I'm a comedian; he's our f*cking president".

  • Kyle Peterson