Kathy Griffin called her former CNN New Year’s Eve co-host Anderson Cooper a “spineless heiress” during a recent interview with the Daily Beast. She explained that the term applies to a quote “from my gays” about Cooper, who is gay and the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt.
Griffin’s slam comes five months after the so-called comedienne was cut from the New Year’s Eve show by CNN in the wake of a photo shoot in which she held up a severed, bloody prop head that strongly resembled President Trump.
Griffin, 56, had regularly co-hosted CNN’s highly-rated New Year’s Eve coverage with Cooper during the previous decade. But once the ill-advised photo surfaced in May, Griffin was fired by CNN.
At the time, Cooper offered his take on the situation in a Twitter post, saying, “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
CNN has since replaced Griffin on the New Year’s Eve show with Bravo’s Andy Cohen, a friend and comedy show partner of Cooper’s.
Prior to her comments on Cooper, Griffin published an angry video to her Facebook page in which she went after attorney Lisa Bloom, who handled her disastrous press conference just after the beheaded photo made headlines.
“If you want my statement, anybody, O.K., here it is: yes, I got Bloomed. Yes, I did not have a good experience with her. I felt that she and her husband exacerbated my personal situation. That horrible press conference was a disaster,” she said last week.
On Saturday, Griffin sent out another Twitter post attacking Bloom, demanding a refund for the “tens of thousands of dollars” paid to the attorney, stating, “Dear @LisaBloom pls stop calling me. If you’d like to refund me the tens of thousands of $$ I wasted on your services maybe I’ll talk to you.”