Comedian Kathy Griffin’s career never recovered after a disgraceful social media stunt involving former President Donald Trump, and she’s still complaining about it.
Griffin sparked huge backlash in 2017, when she posted a photo of herself holding a paper mache likeness of Trump’s severed head dripping with a blood-like substance.
The disturbing image was panned on both sides of the aisle, with Clinton daughter Chelsea calling the post “vile and wrong,” while Trump said that “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 30, 2017
In the fallout from the disgraceful photo, 25 theaters canceled her scheduled stand-up performances and Griffin received thousands of death threats. “I wasn’t canceled,” she said about being blacklisted in Hollywood. “I was erased.”
Griffin claimed that sexism also played a role in public downfall. “When you’re an artist known for being ‘difficult’ and you’re a man, they write New Yorker profiles about you and then Aaron Sorkin writes an open letter in support,” she lamented. “But when you’re ‘difficult’ and you’re a woman, they call you a pain…”
Griffin was also canned from her yearly gig co-hosting a New Year’s Eve show alongside CNN anchor Anderson Cooper that year, when she called network head honcho Jeff Zucker, and he yelled at her for requesting a raise.
“He literally said something like, ‘Who do you think you are calling here demanding a raise?'” Griffin remarked. “And then something came over me, and I just lost it. I just started screaming: I’m Kathy (expletive) Griffin, Jeff, that’s who I am.”
“I would really feel a lot more comfortable showing up if I got paid what I deserve,” Griffin recalled. Zucker eventually rehired her briefly at a 20% pay cut, but eventually lost the gig to current co-host Andy Cohen.
“This is a guy that I think kind of wanted to be me,” she said about Cohen. “And now he’s halfway there.”
After five years of exile from Hollywood, Griffin wants her life back. “I just want to get back to making people laugh,” she concluded. “More than anything else, that’s what has been robbed from me.”