Anderson Cooper has gone on the record to describe Kathy Griffin’s shocking photo of herself holding the decapitated fake head of Donald Trump as “disgusting” and “inappropriate,” but hopes that his one-time New Year’s Eve co-host will be able to get her career back on track.
“She and I have been friends for a long time and I want nothing but good things for her,” the CNN anchor said during an appearance with Andy Cohen on Friday at Arizona’s Comerica Theatre, reports USA Today.
“I don’t want anybody’s career to be destroyed because they do something unfortunate and inappropriate,” he told Cohen. “But yeah, I thought what she did was inappropriate. You know, I think I said that I thought it was completely inappropriate and I didn’t approve it in any way, and I think when you’re friends with somebody you can say that.”
Cooper was referring to a tweet he issued about the photo, in which Griffin proudly holds a bloody chopped-off head resembling that of President Donald Trump.
Speaking with Cohen, Cooper explained why he felt it necessary to share his opinion about the scandal.
“People were assuming I was somehow responsible for this,” he said, “and I just felt I should point out that I actually think this is pretty important as somebody who works overseas and, you know, journalists get beheaded and this is not a joke.”
In the wake of the scandal, CNN announced it was cutting ties with Griffin, who will no longer be joining Cooper for their annual ringing in of the New Year — a decision that Cooper said was the network’s, not his.
“CNN made the decision not to bring her back,” Cooper said. “I had nothing to do with it, but I certainly understand why they made that decision.”