Troubled comedian Kathy Griffin revealed in a New York Magazine interview on Sunday that her friendship with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is "over" after he condemned her controversial and gruesome photo shoot, which featured a depiction of President Donald Trump's severed head.
Speaking with journalist Yashar Ali, Griffin said of her relationship with Cooper, "Our friendship is over."
Griffin claimed that she was upset by Cooper's excoriation of her photo shoot, where he took to Twitter to condemn the atrocity.
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."
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 31, 2017
According to New York Magazine:
Cooper didn’t contact Griffin until August 10, CNN confirmed to me. 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. “Yeah, we’re still friends, and look I said what I said about — I didn’t think what she said was appropriate, but I wish her the best and I hope she bounces back,” he told Cohen.
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.
Griffin and Cooper were friends for 17 years prior to their falling out over the photo shoot.
The photo shoot
Griffin in May took part in a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, in which she paraded around with a prop of a bloody, severed head featuring the likeness of Trump.
In the immediate hours following the release of the shoot, Griffin apologized for the shocking display.
"I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong," Griffin said about the shoot.
She continued, "The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny — I get it."
As a result of Griffin's decision to participate in the shoot, she was fired from her New Year's Eve gig with CNN, which she has co-hosted with Cooper since 2007.
For damage control, Griffin held a June news conference where she broke down crying and claimed that Trump and his followers, as a result of their outcry against her photo shoot, "broke" her.
During her conference, Griffin said, “What’s happening to me has never happened — ever — in the history of this great country, which is that a sitting president of the United States and his grown children, and the first lady, are personally — I feel — personally trying to ruin my life forever. Forever.”
She later added, “I’m going to be honest: He broke me, he broke me, he broke me.”