Entertainer Kathy Griffin is said to feel “betrayed” by CNN reporter and longtime best friend Anderson Cooper after the newsman allegedly did nothing to stop the network from letting the actress go from her position as co-host to Cooper’s year-end television special, according to Fox News.
The former My Life On the D-List figure, 56, reportedly relayed to a source that she expected the well-respected employee of the news organization to protect her honor as CNN openly discussed whether to dismiss Kathy from her duties with Anderson as part of the channel’s live New Year’s Eve telecast, which she hosted with Cooper for 10 years, beginning in 2006.
“Sources say Griffin had expected CNN’s ‘golden boy’ Cooper to stand by her,” Fox News details, “but the news network swiftly announced she was fired from the NYE broadcast with Cooper [before he could have a say].”
Additionally, Kathy feels that Anderson’s Twitter response regarding the now-infamous graphic image of the stand-up comedienne holding up a decapitated likeness of Donald Trump that was covered in a viscous, blood-like substance was another backstabbing act, on top of Cooper’s apparent aloofness to her ongoing plight.
“For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in,” Cooper wrote.
“It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
Within 24 hours of Anderson posting the tweet, Kathy was officially fired from Cooper’s New Year’s Eve show by CNN.
“Kathy totally misjudged this,” Griffin’s source went on to say.
“She truly believed that Anderson would stick up for her. She considered him a friend. While she has nobody to blame but herself, she feels somehow betrayed.”
A tearful Kathy would solemnly express during a press conference on Friday, regarding the controversial shoot with photographer Tyler Shields, that Cooper’s criticism of the image “hurt” her.
“That hurt, that’s all,” she said.
Anderson wasn’t brought up again by Kathy or anyone else during the conference, but she did administer another apology, of sorts, to add to the one she made via a video on Twitter hours after the troubling Trump photo went viral this past Wednesday, May 30.
“I went way too far,” a stern-faced Griffin remarked in the 30-second mea culpa.
“The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.”
At the press conference, Griffin explained again that the graphic picture was only meant to be taken satirically.
“It was a parody of Trump’s own sexist remarks [to FOX News reporter Megyn Kelly] taken to an extreme, absurdist visual,” Griffin detailed, as the New York Post offers.
She then woefully surmised that the Trump picture could lead to Hollywood “cutting” her from their ranks permanently.
“I don’t think I’ll have a career after this,” Griffin said, once again in tears.
“I’m going to be honest, [Trump] broke me.”
Meanwhile, Anderson was rumored to have already offered up a name to CNN to potentially replace Griffin for this December’s New Year’s Eve taping: Bravo personality Andy Cohen, another close friend of Anderson’s.
“Anderson wants Andy to co-host with him,” the source specified to Fox News.
“They are already doing a multi-city tour together, they are ‘besties’ and have a great rapport,” they additionally stated.
Cooper and Cohen are currently co-heading an “intimate,” off-the-cuff speaking tour, Deep Talk and Shallow Tales, for the second time in several years, as noted by the event’s official website.
And no, readers, that intimacy does not go past the theme of the duo’s live sit-downs, in case anyone was wondering.
“We were set up on a date years ago, which never happened,” Cohen revealed of Anderson during a 2014 episode of Watch What Happens Live, his weeknight Bravo chat fest.
Reps for Kathy Griffin, Anderson Cooper, and Andy Cohen could not be reached for further comment on any of the aforementioned issues.
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