The 57-year-old comedian faced serious backlash after she posted a shocking photo in which she is seen holding a bloody decapitated head that looked a lot like Donald Trump. Griffin’s ill-conceived ploy to get attention resulted in several major career setbacks, including the cancelation of her comedy tour and losing her gig hosting CNN's New Year's Eve telecast alongside Anderson Cooper.
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
“The photo was on TMZ, then Drudge tweeted it, and then Don Jr. retweeted Drudge,” Griffin explained. “But the president’s Twitter feed is the greatest programming director ever. The minute he tweeted that tweet about me, it was literally breaking news on every channel.”
She went on to say that Trump’s tweet about the photo was a way to distract from the ousting of former FBI director James Comey, which occurred several weeks before the photo surfaced online.
“I think [the photo] would have been gone in a week without his tweet. Trump knows what would be perceived as something hysterical and he loves hysteria. There are millions of people who think I’m a member of ISIS to this day,” she said. “I wish I could tour in the U.S. without getting shot—I know I can’t. I was in the middle of a 50-city tour when the tweet happened. It was canceled in 24 hours.”
Now that the dust is starting to settle, and the death threats are becoming less frequent, Griffin seems to be optimistic about the next chapter of her career.
“My answer is to keep producing funny stuff,” she said. “My YouTube is lit. I really do have a real story to tell. In my live act, I talk about the interrogation with the feds and how everybody turned on me on every platform. I still can’t tweet a picture of my new puppies without getting all hateful responses in broken English.”