Back in May 2017, Kathy Griffin made a choice. To be fair, she was not alone in making this choice. Ultimately though, she is the one who released the pictures and dealt with the fallout. Of course, this is about the pictures of her holding a “bloodied” mask of Donald Trump’s face.
At first, it seemed to be something that would play well with her fans. According to Blind Gossip, there were a lot of supporters immediately after the pics went viral. A source told them: “She was thrilled that the photo was getting so much play and that it was making every publication. Some of her friends were calling her and texting her about how awesome it was. She was laughing and shouting, “Yes! Yes!” every time it was the top item on a website. She thought it was really edgy and funny and a hugely successful stunt.” But all good things must come to an end.
Then Trump supporters saw the photos and the controversy kicked in. According to Blind Gossip, Trump fans started calling her nasty names and even threatening her. From their source: “She started crying. She was really worried about her personal safety.” The source continued, “She does not think she was wrong. She was just scared about all the threats and wanted to make them stop. That’s why she backed down.” Right after the controversy began, there was unexpected fallout.
Her comedy tour was suddenly canceled. Venues around the country stopped booking her and found ways to end the contracts that had been in place. CNN fired her from her New Years Eve gig that she had done with Anderson Cooper. The Secret Service along with the FBI began investigating her for a possible threat to Trump’s life. Her life was in shambles.
As the controversy roiled on, Anderson Cooper condemned the photo scandal on air. This, of course, did not sit well with Kathy, and the friendship that had once seemed so solid disappeared. While there has been hope for a reconciliation, especially in the wake of his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt’s death, that does not appear to be the case.
When she was asked about mending the friendship, Kathy basically said it’s on Anderson to do that; “I don’t think he has really any interest in it. And I’m, like I said, after going through something like this, I’m, like, done chasing people. I’m down to three friends on a good day, and so I just kind of want to go where I can make people laugh. I really loved him, and I really loved doing that [New Years Eve] show, and it was a lot of fun.” Given that Anderson is really tight with her former boss and current enemy, that is not surprising.
Anderson’s current best friend is Andy Cohen, who is a frequent target of Kathy’s attacks. The two worked together when Kathy had her reality show, My Life on The D-List, her talk show Kathy, and on many comedy specials that Bravo aired.
Cohen vs Griffin Round 1
In all fairness to Kathy, her feud with Andy Cohen seems to have started with him. When TMZ asked about replacing Kathy on the CNN New Years Eve show, he replied with “Who? I don’t know her.”
With those shots fired, Kathy retaliated with her own. She wrote on Twitter, “Even when it’s on tape, there are doubters? He is NOT kidding w paps. Was my boss for 10 years. Treated me like a dog. Deeply misogynistic,” but Kathy did not stop there.
Cohen vs Griffin Round 2
Anyone who knows or has been a fan of the feisty red head will tell you, Kathy Griffin is not one who knows when to stop. As the controversy about her pics subsided and people began talking about what she was saying about Andy Cohen, she dropped a nuclear bomb. In a Twitter video she posted she alleged: “Right before we went live, Andy Cohen privately asked me in an office in Embassy Row — which is the production company that does that s— show — if I wanted to do blow,”
Again she was not done with him just yet. “You guys know I’m no prude but I’m like, kind of a straight edge — I thought he was kidding the first time, Just so you know, Jimmy Kimmel or Seth Meyers never asked me to do blow before going on their show. No one from ‘The View’ has ever asked me to do blow before a show.” Kathy is notorious for not drinking and food being her only vice.
With shots fired, Andy Cohen was forced to answer the allegations. He tweeted his denial: “I am completely stunned by this story. It is 100% false and totally made up,” and Bravo, the network he is employed by sent out a message. “This is completely false and we are not going to credit it with any more attention.”
The denial angered Kathy. She tried to prove Cohen’s douchiness by sharing a letter from a former one night stand. The man only identified as Forrest wrote: “It was clear to me then that his interest in me was momentary, and I felt used,” this scandal never took off though.
Cohen vs Griffin 2019
Most of 2018 was silent on the Cohen/Griffin feud. The streak of silence ended when an interviewer asked her about Andy Cohen. Kathy’s answer will lead to another round between these gossipy divas. Kathy answered: “Andy Cohen treated me like a dog. He was, like, one of the worst bosses I ever had. The guy decides the entire slate at Bravo and he gave himself a talk show that magically gets renewed every year.“
Andy Cohen has yet to respond to the new accusations. But it is going to be so good!