Kathy Griffin is promoting her new standup comedy concert film “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story”, chronicling the “Laugh Your Head Off Tour” she undertook during the fallout from her notorious photo with the faux severed head of President Donald Trump back in 2017.
Discussing the film, Griffin sat down for an extensive interview with Variety, at one point discussing how the controversy over the photo led to the end of her longtime friendship with Anderson Cooper and her immediate firing from co-hosting the news network’s annual New Year’s Eve broadcast.
Following the furor over the photo, Anderson was quick to distance himself from Griffin, issuing a tweet insisting he was “appalled” by the photo, which he denounced as “disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
Speaking with Variety, Griffin admittd that losing Cooper’s friendship is a pain that continues to linger.
“I was devastated,” said Griffin. “It still hurts. I mean, I really loved him. I don’t have a punchline for that one.”
Discussing whether she’ll ever return to hosting a NYE show, Griffin quickly shifted back into comedian mode.
“I’m very upset that no one picked up my genius idea last year of a New Year’s Eve live with Kathy Griffin and Stormy Daniels,” she quipped, referencing the porn star at the centre of one of President Trump’s many scandals.
“I pitched that to about five different places, and they all laughed during the pitch, and then they would kick it upstairs,” she added. “Stormy works the pole. Maybe I do. We have a couple of visitors. I had the whole thing worked out. I have ideas, if nothing else.”