It's been nearly three months since Kathy Griffin tweeted a photo of herself holding a bloody mask made to look like a beheaded Donald Trump - which resulted in a huge online backlash pushed in part by the POTUS himself on Twitter - and in a new interview with The Cut, Griffin gets candid about what she learned from the entire experience, which included a federal investigation, a public apology and press conference, and plenty of lost jobs, lost friends, and even death threats. Griffin released two rather disastrous apologies shortly after the video was released but now, Griffin says she's done apologizing.
Cooper in May tweeted, "For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate", he said. On July 26, when asked about Griffin on Andy Cohen's talk show, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Cooper claimed that Griffin was still a friend. In the commotion afterwards, while both liberals and conservatives criticized her, Griffin lawyered up and called herself a victim, saying Trump "broke" her.
Griffin told Ali that when Cooper finally did reach out to his friend, months after the incident, she told him that their friendship was over.
It's been almost 3 months since Kathy Griffin appeared on camera holding a replica of Donald Trump's head, severed and bloodied.
"President Trump just pardoned Joe Arpaio, who was essentially running a concentration camp in the Arizona desert", Griffin said in an interview with The Cut. "He said there are some good Nazis, and he's kicking out young adults who were brought here as kids by their parents, and I'm the one who has to continue to apologize?"
"Why are people still expecting me to apologize and grovel to a man that tweets like this?"
Now, in story written by NY magazine contributor Yashar Ali, Griffin stated, "I would be abandoning my principles as a comic and a human being if I backed off President Trump or any public person". So Griffin met her critics-including virtually every member of the Trump family-head on, holding a press conference in which she addressed the not-quite-equal amount of influence that she and the president of the United States wield. The 56-year-old TV personality was a regular host of the network's "New Year's Eve Broadcast" with Anderson Cooper since 2009.