Anderson Cooper Is Still Friends With Kathy Griffin After Trump Photo Scandal
"She's incredibly funny and a lot of people love her, and I think she'll bounce back from this," says the CNN journalist and Griffin's former New Year's Eve co-host.
Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin may not be New Year's Eve co-hosts anymore, but Cooper says they are "still friends." During an appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the CNN anchor said he hoped Griffin can bounce back from the backlash that ensued when she participated in a photo shoot with a bloody President Trump head.
"Yeah, we're still friends," Cooper told his friend Cohen. "Look, I said what I said about ... I didn't think what she said was appropriate."
He continued, "I wish her the best and I hope she bounces back and is back on the road. She's incredibly funny and a lot of people love her, and I think she'll bounce back from this."
Following TMZ posting Griffin's controversial photo shoot in May, CNN cut ties with the comedian who co-hosted its New Year's Eve special with Cooper. Cooper tweeted in response, "For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate."
Griffin later apologized and took the photo down from her social media accounts. She tweeted, "I went too far. I was wrong," and expressed that she does not condone any violence. The comedienne later said she had been bullied by the Trump family following her shocking bloody photo stunt, which was inspired by Trump's campaign comments aimed at Megyn Kelly.