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Can the longtime Anderson Cooper-Kathy Griffin friendship survive her CNN firing?

Kathy Griffin was defiant and at times spoke through tears during a dramatic press conference on Friday.

But the only time she was absolutely unable to speak was when she was asked about Anderson Cooper.

The press conference was called in the aftermath of the severe backlash over a photo she posed for with what appeared to be a decapitated Donald Trump.

The controversy is costing Griffin work,

Griffin could only manage to silently shake her head no when asked if she had spoken to Cooper since CNN this week fired her from her long-running gig co-hosting New Year’s Eve coverage with him.

Prior to the firing, Cooper had taken to Twitter and wrote: ‘For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.’

The two had not only been a successful television team for more than a decade, they have also been personal friends, appeared on each other’s talk shows and even did a CNN pilot together.

Griffin is also good friends with Cooper’s famous mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

Of the CNN firing Griffin said: ‘It’s hurtful to me. There’s a bunch of old white guys trying to silence me and I’m just here to say that it’s wrong.’

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6 Remarks

  1. It just might be time for Anderson to take a little time off…maybe more he will giggle less and think more!

  2. June 3rd, 2017 at 1:25 pm
    Jim Steele says:

    Apparently their “friendship” was only on TV.

  3. June 3rd, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    Tommy Marx says:

    Kathy Griffin knew exactly what she was doing when she posed for that picture. She was just upset because she didn’t realize just how offensive people would find it from all sides of the political spectrum. Holding the decapitated head of someone isn’t even remotely humor or edgy; it’s just sick.

    Trying to paint herself as the victim with that ridiculous press conference made things even worse. It was such a cheap ploy for redemption, complete with the lack of make-up and the nose-bleed seat acting.

    With that said, Kathy Griffin has been a huge supporter of equality and has fought for the LGBT community for decades now. The photo shoot was a major misjudgment, but I not only hope that she’ll be able to bounce back from this, I fully believe she will come back stronger than ever.

    I just hope she takes the right lesson from this. There’s a point where over-the-top isn’t funny or artistic or meaningful, it’s just an ugly stunt that diminishes everyone.

    As for Anderson Cooper, I agree with his reaction to the photo shoot, but I would hope he doesn’t allow one mistake to end what appears to be a good friendship. I’ve never been a big fan of Cooper, but I hope he’s not the kind of person that would end a friendship based on one bad decision.

  4. Greg, the Entertainment Tonight video is autoplaying regardless of how far down the page is. Maybe disable it now or provide a link to it instead?

  5. Yikes! Thanks Chip – I’ve disabled it.

  6. Thanks, Greg! I whitelist your site to see ads but removed that for a bit to see what was happening and found it. Will whitelist again.

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