Kathy Griffin’s infamous Donald Trump photoshoot cost her more than gigs it cost her a gay BFF.
In a new interview with The Cut, Griffin opened up about how her controversial photo shoot, in which a blank-faced Griffin held a bloody mannequin head vaguely resembling Donald Trump, and how it cost her her relationship with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
After the photo debuted, Anderson famously tweeted that he was “appalled” by the photo, calling it “disgusting and completely inappropriate.” While Cooper had no problem tweeting his sentiments, Griffin said that he never reached out to her before sending the tweet. Though the photo debuted in May, Cooper didn’t reach out to Griffin until August, according to The Cut.
Despite not reaching out to Griffin, Cooper told friend Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens! Live that they were still friends and that he hopes she “bounces back.”
After the mixed messages, according to The Cut, Griffin ended the friendship between the two.
Though Griffin is known for her no-holds-barred brand of satirical comedy, the image got a chilly reception when it debuted and set off a social media firestorm. Trump himself tweeted about it, claiming that the photo frightened his 11-year-old son Barron Trump, who reportedly thought it was real.
Griffin and Cooper’s friendship has been the central draw of CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live since 2007. This year, Cooper will appear without Griffin. CNN terminated her contract shortly after the photo hit the internet.