Kathy Griffin: I Faced a ‘Conspiracy to Assassinate’ President Charge That ‘Comes With a Lifetime Sentence’ (Video)


Kathy Griffin says the day after she posted that now infamous photo of herself holding a bloodied replica of President Donald Trump’s severed head last year, federal investigators had her facing a charge of “conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States.”

“That charge comes with a lifetime sentence,” Griffin told Stephen Colbert on Friday’s “The Late Show.”

The controversial comedian said that at the time “60 million people thought I was a member of ISIS.” She joked, “Oh yes, because they’re recruiting a lot of 58-year-old red-haired female comedians.” But she added that what she went through was no laughing matter.

“A lot of people thought I got a call from the Secret Service or that I got into fake Hollywood trouble,” she said. “This was real-life trouble.”

Griffin said she was also put on a “no-fly” list for two months and was included on an Interpol list, which got her “detained at every single airport” even after she was allowed to fly again.

“I thought this picture was going to be in, like, you know, ‘stars not normal,'” in  Star Magazine, she told Colbert.

“The wall caved in on me,” she said, adding that after Trump tweeted “against her” her 50-city tour was cancelled.

“Within 12 hours I had not one single day of work ahead of me,” she said. “To this day I do not have one single day of pay ahead of me.”

The silver lining… wait for it… her neighbors, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

“As a comedian, to be living next door to Kim and Kanye during this whole thing got me through,” Griffin said.

“That alone got me through. Something normal in my life, people I could relate to. I would open the window and see Kim and the Yeezys, and feel better, so American.” Hey, there’s a canto-worthy allegory in there somewhere.

Watch the full interview in the video above.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Kathy Griffin Flips out on Trump Over Stormy Daniels 'Horseface' Dig: 'F— You Mushroom D—'

Kathy Griffin Snipes at Michael Moore Over 'Stop Hoping' Tweet: 'Michael…WE LOST'

Kathy Griffin Says She'll Self-Finance a Special Based on Her 'Laugh Your Head Off' Tour

Kathy Griffin to Release ‘My Life on The D-List,’ Comedy Library on iTunes (EXCLUSIVE)

ajfkjsh Kathy Griffin is heading to iTunes. The Emmy-winning comedian is releasing her comedy library there starting Friday night. Griffin now owns the rights to the six seasons of her TV docuseries “My Life on the D-List” and the two seasons of her talk show “Kathy,” which she bought from Bravo for iTunes. The digital media […]

Who Should Host the Oscars Now? Hollywood Offers Suggestions


Kevin Hart has stepped down as the host of the Oscars. And it’s hard to imagine who right away would want to jump in and take this often thankless job. But someone has to do it (though not necessarily, as the 61st Academy Awards Ceremony proves).

Short of getting a reliable former host like Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres or Jimmy Kimmel, many film critics and Oscars fans online have thrown out suggestions, which includes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who have hosted the Golden Globes to great success for several years in a row. Key & Peele, were also a popular suggestion. Hannah Gadsby is another name that has popped up as well.

Many of the stars who may be at the ceremony have voiced their nominees as well. Actress Busy Philipps tweeted out her wish list of Oscars hosts directly to the Academy. She named Issa Rae, Sarah Silverman, Ali Wong, Samantha Bee, Robin Thede, Aisha Tyler, “OR ANY OTHER WOMAN WORKING IN HOLLYWOOD RIGHT NOW WHO WANTS TO” as possible selections. Philipps also mentioned that she would be more than willing to host as well.

“Melissa McCarthy should so obviously be the Oscars host I’m irritated even having to say it,” comedian Michael Ian Black tweeted, though McCarthy could be a nominee for her work in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Several critics nominated Wanda Sykes to host, though she has some ideas of her own. “I think Siri and Alexa should host the Oscars,” the comedian tweeted.

“Let @betoORourke host the Oscars. We all like him and it’ll be a real test to see if he can handle an impossible job in front of the world,” tweeted Billy Eichner. A long shot, but okay. Eichner himself wouldn’t be too bad.

Stephen King thinks Patton Oswalt is a good fit for the job. “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean thinks Kathy Griffin would be a great fit. Bradley Whitford recommended Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Golden Globe-nominee for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Even Ricky Gervais is willing to host. He promises he won’t offend anyone this time.

And if none of those names get the Academy’s attention, you can always nominate yourself.

See some of Hollywood’s reactions below:

Related stories from TheWrap:

'First Man' and 'Black Panther' Among 20 Films Advancing in Oscars VFX Race

10 Things We Learned at the Oscars' 10th Governors Awards

'RBG' and 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Among 166 Documentaries Submitted for Oscars

Sorry, Kathy Griffin! Anderson Cooper Reteams With Andy Cohen for CNN’s ‘New Year’s Eve Live’


CNN has unveiled its plans for New Year’s Eve, and for the second year in a row, it does not include Kathy Griffin.

Instead, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will co-host “New Year’s Eve Live” again — just like Dec. 31, 2017. Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon will help the fellas out from the central time zone.

“Getting to ring in the New Year with Andy is a total joy and I can’t wait for the big night!” Cooper said in a Tuesday media release.

“Who would’ve thought 25 years of friendship would lead to an almost-tradition of co-hosting New Year’s Eve on CNN!?” added Cohen, “I’m so excited to spend New Year’s with my friend again and promise not to complain about the bitter cold!”

This is the 11th year for CNN’s live New Year’s Eve countdown show. Cooper used to co-host it with Kathy Griffin — that is, until she lost the job May after holding up a (model) decapitated Donald Trump head in a magazine photoshoot.

Griffin eventually apologized for the mask stunt, but then later retracted that public mea culpa.

CNN did not respond to TheWrap’s inquiry as to whether or not Griffin was asked to participate this time around. It seems unlikely though, as the comedian has said that she and Cooper ended their personal friendship after the newsman didn’t come to her defense following the fallout from the photoshoot.

CNN’s live New Year’s Eve coverage begins at 8/7c and runs until 1:05 a.m. ET

Related stories from TheWrap:

Why CNN's Marc Lamont Hill Picked an Especially Wrong Week to Make Anti-Israel Comments

CNN Fires Contributor Marc Lamont Hill Over Israel Remarks (Video)

CNN Contributor Says He Supports Violent Palestinian 'Resistance' to Israel

Andy Cohen Back As Anderson Cooper’s Co-Host For CNN New Year’s Eve Celebration

ajfkjsh Back for a second year, Andy Cohen is officially Anderson Cooper’s co-host for CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage live from New York City’s Times Square. New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will begin at 8 PM ET on Monday, December 31. And yes, Don Lemon’s boozy Central Time Zone countdown from New Orleans continues on CNN, with Brooke Baldwin. Cooper called ringing in the New Year with Cohen “a total joy” while the host of Bravo’s Watch What Happen’s Live

Rob Lowe, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More Lament Thousand Oaks Shooting: ‘We Are on a Hamster Wheel of Insanity


Hollywood stars including Rob Lowe, Josh Gad and Lin-Manuel Miranda reacted Thursday morning to the deadly shooting in Thousand Oaks, California near Los Angeles that killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill.

The suspect, who also died, has been named as 28-year-old former Marine Ian David Long, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said in a news conference early Thursday morning.

Thousand Oaks is located 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains close to Malibu, where many members of the entertainment industry live. It is a quiet, residential community where violent crime is rare, according to CNN.

“We are on a hamster wheel of insanity. Another day of grief. Another day of outrage,” Gad said in a tweet. “Another day of families unnecessarily learning their loved ones are dead. But, don’t worry, I remember from all of the other times we’ve done this… ‘guns aren’t the problem.'”

Several of the celebrities are calling for greater gun control and using the hashtag #GunControlNow in addition to Thursday’s trending topics “Thousand Oaks,” #BorderlineShooting and #MassShooting.

Jared Goff, quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, whose training facility is located in Thousand Oaks, also tweeted his condolences to the victims.

“Heartbroken for the community. Thinking about everyone involved as well as friends and family of the victims,” Goff said in a tweet. “Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

The team also released a statement offering their sympathy for the victims.

“The Los Angeles Rams organization is heartbroken by the horrific shooting that took place last night in our community of Thousand Oaks. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and our entire community,” it said.

Local police first received calls of shots fired at 11:20 p.m. PT and responded to the Borderline Bar & Grill, where a college country music event was taking place.

Rob Lowe posted a tribute on Instagram to the police office killed in the attack.

“This is what a hero looks like. My respect, gratitude and deep condolences to the family of Sgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura sheriffs dept.”

See some of the reactions from Hollywood stars below, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Lambert, Lucy Hale and director Joe Carnahan:

Related stories from TheWrap:

Ex-Rep Joe Walsh Blames Teleprompter After Telling Sacha Baron Cohen He Wants Guns for 4-Year-Olds

Eminem Faces Backlash for Realistic Gunshot Sounds at Bonnaroo Concert

Watch NRA Leader Wayne LaPierre in 1999: 'No Guns in America's Schools, Period' (Video)

Mass Shooting at Thousand Oaks Country Nightclub Leaves at Least 12 Dead

Josh Gad, Kathy Griffin, More From Hollywood on Sessions Ouster: ‘Coward Fires Racist on Twitter’


Are people in Hollywood pleased Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out at President Trump’s request? Yes and no, judging from reactions from comedian Kathy Griffin, actor and filmmaker Kumail Nanjiani and more on Twitter on Wednesday.

Sessions submitted his resignation to Trump via White House chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday: “Dear Mr. President. At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” the letter, which has been reported by the Associated Press and the New York Times, read.

Trump addressed Sessions’ resignation on social media, announcing his replacement and thanking him for his service: “We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well…”

Hollywood figures have hit social media to weigh in on the former Alabama Senator leaving the administration, with varying degrees of shock, disapproval and joy.

“Frozen” star Josh Gad appeared to simply marvel at the news:

Kumail Nanjiani quickly wished Sessions farewell. “Goobye Sessions. Couldn’t have happened to a worse guy,” he wrote.

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” chimed in on the resignation, playing on the fact that several members of Trump administration have resigned since his inauguration.

TV writer and producer Danny Zuker offered his perspective on the situation, tweeting, “BREAKING: Coward fires racist on Twitter.”

Meanwhile, far right filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza had a different take:

Related stories from TheWrap:

Democrat Stacey Abrams Calls for Runoff Election in Super-Close Georgia Governor Race

From JJ Abrams to Jimmy Kimmel: Celebrities Who Gave Big to Beto O'Rourke

Mark Hamill, Kathy Griffin Tweak Trump's 'Game of Thrones' Tweet Post-Midterms: 'Subpoenas Are Coming'

Trump Trashes CNN's Jim Acosta to His Face: 'You Are a Rude, Terrible Person' (Video)

Mark Hamill, Kathy Griffin Tweak Trump’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Tweet Post-Midterms: ‘Subpoenas Are Coming’


The farce was strong with Mark Hamill and Kathy Griffin on Wednesday morning.

Frequent Trump critics Hamill and Griffin hit up Twitter on Wednesday, after the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives during Tuesday’s midterm elections, to warn President Trump about the consequences of the election results.

And they did so with jabs at Trump’s recent “Game of Thrones”-themed tweet about sanctions against Iran.

Griffin and Hamill seemed to suggest that, with Democrats in control of the House, special counsel Robert Mueller will have greater ability to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections and other matters.

“Star Wars” actor Hamill shared a quote from Trump — “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!” — along with a presumably fictitious quote from Mueller reading, “You’re welcome.”

He added “Game of Thrones”-themed images, one of Mueller bearing the message “Mueller Is Coming,” and another of Trump with the message, “Subpoenas Are Coming.”

He also added a third image, playing off of Miller beer’s famous catchphrase “It’s Mueller Time.”

Griffin, meanwhile, bounced her thoughts off of a Trump tweet reading, “To any of the pundits or talking heads that do not give us proper credit for this great Midterm Election, just remember two words – FAKE NEWS!”

To which Griffin replied, “Put your Depends on, Donald. Subpoenas are coming…”

On Nov. 2, Trump tweeted an image of himself along with the phrase “Sanctions Are Coming” — a twist on the “Game of Thrones” catchphrase “Winter Is Coming,” in a “GoT”-esque font.

HBO, which airs “Game of Thrones,” responded with its own sharp-witted tweet shortly thereafter, which read, “How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?”

Series stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams also weighed in on Trump’s tweet, responding, respectively, “Ew” and “Not today.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Trump Trashes CNN's Jim Acosta to His Face: 'You Are a Rude, Terrible Person' (Video)

Trump Gives Oprah Shout-Out for Georgia Governor Race: 'I Don't Know If She Likes Me Anymore'

Read Jason Blum's Full Anti-Trump Speech After He Was Booed Off Stage at LA Film Event

Kathy Griffin Trades Barbs With Tomi Lahren – Who Dressed as Comedian for Halloween (Photo)


So much for keeping politically-charged ire out of Halloween this year. Kathy Griffin is firing back at conservative pundit Tomi Lahren after Lahren decided to dress up as “Trump Derangement Syndrome” for Halloween.

Lahren on Wednesday morning posted a photo of her recreating Griffin’s notorious photo, in which she held a bloody mask of Donald Trump as though he were decapitated. Lahren wore a bright red wig to portray Griffin’s hair and held a crazed clown mask.

“Gosh you are just so original @TomiLahren! I thought images like this one incite violence,” Griffin said in response to Lahren’s photo. “At least that’s what you and your colleagues at @FoxNews have told me for the past year and a half.”

Griffin went on, saying that she would gladly return the favor to Lahren this Halloween if she weren’t on tour.

“I’m busy on tour right now or I’d dress up as you: a dumb, racist, and talentless hack,” Griffin tweeted Wednesday.

Lahren replied to Griffin, saying how she should’ve amended her Halloween costume, which Griffin in turn retweeted.

“You’re right Kathy, if I was trying to impersonate you I should have worn the clown mask instead,” Lahren said. “That’s my bad! Happy Halloween!”

The photo in question brought the comedian and former reality TV star’s career to a screeching halt, but Griffin has been staging a comeback as she remains very vocal on Twitter, despite often being a target of many on the right.

Lahren and Griffin have feuded frequently in the past. Lahren previously sent one tweet saying, “Truth is the new hate speech,” which Griffin quote tweeted with the caption, “Dumb is the new smart.”

Griffin also previously said she had received an interview request from Lahren’s camp, an opportunity she didn’t exactly welcome with open arms.

“Dear @TomiLahren, You and your network told me my career was over and that I was irrelevant,” Griffin responded. “Now you want to interview me. Not only do I not want to waste my time with you, I’m too busy selling out shows on my US tour.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Tomi Lahren's 'Final Thoughts' Moves to Fox Nation

Kathy Griffin Reacts to Tomi Lahren Interview Request: 'Go F- Yourself'

Milo Yiannopoulos and Tomi Lahren Guest Star in Graphic New Anti-Abortion Film 'Roe v. Wade'

Kathy Griffin Flips out on Trump Over Stormy Daniels ‘Horseface’ Dig: ‘F— You Mushroom D—‘


Kathy Griffin had four passionate words for Donald Trump on Tuesday — and they weren’t, “Great job, Mr. President!”

“My Life on the D-List” alum Griffin — who caught heat last year after posing with what appeared to be the decapitated head of Trump — raged against the president via Twitter on Tuesday, declaring, “F— YOU MUSHROOM D—.”

Griffin’s colorful outburst occurred after Trump insulted the looks of porn star Stormy Daniels — who has said that Trump had an affair with her — after Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump was dismissed by a judge on Monday.

In a tweet, Trump referred to Daniels as “Horseface.”

“Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas,” Trump wrote. “She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!”

Griffin’s retort was an apparent reference to Daniels’ description of Trump’s manhood, which she likened to “the mushroom character in Mario Kart” in her memoir “Full Disclosure.”

The comedian followed up by posting a photo of herself and Daniels standing side-by-side and flipping the bird.

For her part, Daniels responded to the insult by suggesting that Trump had perhaps demonstrated “a penchant for bestiality” in his tweet.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present your president. In addition to his…umm…shortcomings, he has demonstrated his incompetence, hatred of women and lack of self control on Twitter AGAIN!” Daniels tweeted. “And perhaps a penchant for bestiality. Game on, Tiny.”

On Monday, a judge dismissed Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump, which she filed in April. Daniels contended that a Trump tweet, in which he dismissed a composite sketch that Daniels said shows a man who threatened her to remain silent about her relationship with the president, was defamatory.

Monday’s ruling held that Trump’s tweet constituted “rhetorical hyperbole,” which is protected by the First Amendment.

Speaking of rhetorical hyperbole, read Tuesday’s sordid exchange below.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Kathy Griffin Snipes at Michael Moore Over 'Stop Hoping' Tweet: 'Michael…WE LOST'

Kathy Griffin Says She'll Self-Finance a Special Based on Her 'Laugh Your Head Off' Tour

Kathy Griffin's Biggest Feuds, From Donald Trump to Barbara Walters (Photos)

Kathy Griffin and Other Comedians Rally Around ‘Late Show’ Writer Who Apologized for Brett Kavanaugh Tweet


Kathy Griffin and other comedians voiced their support for Ariel Dumas, a writer on CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” after she apologized for a joke about Brett Kavanaugh. “Whatever happens, I’m just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life,” wrote Dumas in a since-deleted tweet. Predictably, right-wing Twitter users and Kavanaugh supporters seized upon the joke, including the actor James Woods. After making her account private and deleting the tweet, Dumas apologized the next day, writing: “The last couple of weeks have been hard for the country and for me personally. The complexity of frustration, anger and sadness can’t be accurately conveyed on twitter, and I regret my tone-deaf attempt at sarcasm in the wake of it.”

Fellow stand-up comedians and late night writers quickly rallied around Dumas, praising her talent as well as her civility. “A comedy writer, being held to a higher standard than the President of the United States. Love you @ArielDumas, fuck the haters,” wrote Griffin.

“One of the funniest writers working today is @ArielDumas,” wrote Bess Kalb, who earned an Emmy nomination for her work on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “She has my support, admiration, and respect. When angry women tell jokes it scares men shitless.”

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin went with unadulterated praise: “She is the smartest, funniest cutest of all comedy people. Let us all ride her coattails to stardom!!”

“Last Week Tonight” writer Josh Gondelman took a similar approach: “One of the best and most funny people I know is @ArielDumas.”

It is not known whether Dumas apologized of her own volition, or was required to do so by her employer or other outside influences. IndieWire has reached out to CBS for comment.

Hollywood Slams Susan Collins’ Yes on Kavanaugh: ‘I Can’t Watch This Anymore’


Maine senator Susan Collins announced in a lengthy 42-minute speech in front of the Senate Friday that she would vote “yes” on appointing Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court… and Hollywood has something to say about it.

Reaction came swiftly to the Republican senator’s announcement, with many frustrated at how long she spoke in criticizing the nomination process and praising Kavanaugh’s background before revealing her ultimate vote.

“I can’t watch this anymore,” actress Padma Lakshmi said on Twitter Friday. “This is such a letdown for women everywhere.”

Earlier in the day, activists and protestors flooded the hallway in front of Sen. Collins’ office. She was one of the few remaining swing votes in a tight race in which Republicans have a 51-49 majority over the Democrats. Friday, Collins had supported limiting debate on the Senate floor and advancing Kavanaugh’s appointment to a vote on Saturday.

Arizona senator Jeff Flake announced earlier Friday that he planned to vote “yes,” while Alaskan Republican Lisa Murkowski broke with party lines and voted against advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination to a vote on Saturday. Democratic senator Joe Manchin also supported advancing Kavanaugh’s appointment to a vote Saturday, but it is unclear how he’ll ultimately vote.

Collins argued in her speech that Kavanaugh will be a check on Presidential power and is more of a centrist than he has been given credit for. She also called Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony “sincere” and “painful.”

Here’s how some other voices in Hollywood reacted to the news:

Those in the media similarly shared their thoughts on Collins. Fox News host Laura Ingraham praised Collins’s “substantive and in-depth” speech, while Michael Avenatti chided Collins as being “entirely disingenuous and shameful.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Lady Gaga Calls Kavanaugh Debate 'One of the Most Upsetting Things I Have Ever Witnessed' (Videos)

Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld Compares Brett Kavanaugh Treatment to Jesus' Crucifixion (Video)

Here's the Penalty Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski Will Face for Arrest at Anti-Kavanaugh Protest

Adam Scott, Kathy Griffin, Alyssa Milano React as Brett Kavanaugh Inches Closer to Confirmation

ajfkjsh The Senate voted to end the debate on the Kavanaugh hearing Friday morning, resulting in widespread protests and condemnations from celebrities and reporters across the political spectrum. The confirmation vote will take place Saturday with senators Susan Collins of Maine and Joe Manchin of West Virginia being the only two legislators left undecided after Republican […]

Kathy Griffin Snipes at Michael Moore Over ‘Stop Hoping’ Tweet: ‘Michael…WE LOST’


Kathy Griffin had some sharp words for Michael Moore on Thursday, after “Fahrenheit 11/9” filmmaker implored the left to “Stop hoping & start acting!”

In a tweet published Thursday, Moore made an apparent reference to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who became the subject of an FBI investigation due to a sexual misconduct accusation leveled against him by Christine Blasey Ford.

With Sen. Jeff Flake, who supported the probe, saying Thursday that the report on the FBI investigation showed “no additional corroborating information” against Kavanaugh, Moore took to Twitter criticizing “Dems & ‘liberals'” for “foolishly placing their hopes in the FBI.”

“Five days ago Dems & ‘liberals’ did the same old thing, claiming some empty ‘victory’ when Flake feigned shame, and then foolishly placing their hopes in the FBI – THE FBI! – doing an ‘investigation,'” Moore wrote.

“When is our side going to wake up and start FIGHTING? Stop hoping & start acting!” he added.

To which Griffin replied, “Michael…WE LOST.” “What more could we have done? We don’t have the Senate or the Presidency. What more can we do for god sakes?”

She added, “We should focus on the midterms but stop criticizing without a real world solution.”

As a final jab, Griffin asked, “And frankly what were you doing?”

Read the exchange below.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Kathy Griffin Says She'll Self-Finance a Special Based on Her 'Laugh Your Head Off' Tour

Kathy Griffin's Biggest Feuds, From Donald Trump to Barbara Walters (Photos)

Kathy Griffin Rips Julie Chen, Says Les Moonves Wouldn't Consider a Woman for 'Late Late Show'

Kathy Griffin Says She’ll Self-Finance a Special Based on Her ‘Laugh Your Head Off’ Tour


If you want something done right — or even done at all — you have to do it yourself, eh, Kathy Griffin?

“My Life on the D-List” alum Griffin, who received widespread criticism last year after posing with what appeared to be the decapitated head of President Donald Trump, said Monday that she will finance a special based on her “Laugh Your Head Off” world tour herself.

The comedian tweeted Monday that the special will be filmed at a previously announced “super secret show” in Los Angeles at the end of October in an “intimate venue” holding “less than 500 people.”

“I have some news to share…Why am I doing a super intimate show in LA? Well, I decided to bite the bullet and I’m filming my current act, the same one I’ve taken across the world, for a special. Difference is, I’m filming this on my own and with my own money. Here’s why,” Griffin wrote.

“This is not the way I want to do it. I’d rather have a deal with @Netflix @Apple @HBO, but despite the fact that I hold the Guinness Book of World Record for the most televised comedy specials, none of the companies that are in the comedy special biz have come calling,” she added.

Griffin said that, since she kicked off the tour, she’s been asked daily about when a special based on the tour would be released and added, “I want to record my act for my fans.”

Griffin went on to say, “What happened to me with the Trump photo and the story I have to tell is an important part of my history as a comic and a woman.”

The comedian noted that she’d already lined up a director for the special, tweeting, “I’m hiring my own team to film this special. It’s my experience with filming comedy specials that has led me to hire one of the best directors/producers in the business, Troy Miller of @DakotaFilms. He and his team will film this special for me and my production company.”

As for where and when the special will be released, Griffin acknowledged, “I don’t know,” adding, “I don’t just want to put it on YouTube.”

She explained, “It may sit in a climate controlled vault for a while but maybe I’ll get lucky and get discovered by a 28-year-old gay executive at one of the networks. Who knows! Regardless, I want to thank all my fans for their love and support. For buying tickets and buying merch.”

Griffin suffered significant career fallout when the photo was released last year, including the loss of her gig as co-host of CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve coverage.

The comedian also said she had been the subject of a Secret Service investigation because of the photo.

Read Griffin’s announcement below.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Kathy Griffin's Biggest Feuds, From Donald Trump to Barbara Walters (Photos)

Kathy Griffin Rips Julie Chen, Says Les Moonves Wouldn't Consider a Woman for 'Late Late Show'

Kathy Griffin Reacts to Tomi Lahren Interview Request: 'Go F- Yourself'

Kathy Griffin Self-Financing New Comedy Special to Be Shot in Santa Monica

ajfkjsh Kathy Griffin is back in America, and this time she’s creating her own comedy special. “It’s a different kind of show than I’ve ever done,” she told Variety at Saturday’s LA Equality Awards in Downtown Los Angeles. “I’m still scary to all of the 60 year-old, white, male dinosaurs that are afraid to put me […]

Hollywood Stands With Christine Blasey Ford: ‘Dr. Ford Is Telling the Truth. It Could Not Be More Clear’


Hollywood celebs — like almost everyone else on Twitter on Thursday morning — are watching and weighing in on the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — and their responses appear to be in support of Ford.

Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her and covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming at a Maryland high school party in the early 1980s.

“It was hard for me to breath,” Ford told the panel, “and I thought Brett was accidentally going to kill me.”

The gripping testimony brought Ford a wave of support from several celebrities. “Dr. Ford is telling the truth. It could not be more clear,” Billy Eichner tweeted.

Ellen DeGeneres said she was “in awe” of Ford’s bravery.

Mira Sorvino — who is one of the many women to accuse disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct — said she found Ford to be “extremely credible and sympathetic,” and added that “her responses echo many of the feelings and reactions I have had over the years connected to my own sexual violence trauma.”

Actor and politician Kal Penn joked everyone is enthralled by the hearing.

“Star Trek” alum George Takei said that Dr. Ford is “courageous and credible.”

Indie rocker Ted Leo tweeted Ford is a “hero.”

Kathy Griffin has tweeted several times about the hearing, including sending a simple “thank you” tweet.

The testimony is potentially the first event to capture all 10 of the top 10 trending topics in the United States. Here’s how you can watch the rest of the hearing.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Weinstein Accuser Alyssa Milano Attends Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing

CNN Anchor Skeptical of Kavanaugh 'Gang Rape' Accusation: 'They Don't Make Sense to Me'

Kavanaugh Accuser Speaks Out: 'I Don't Think He Belongs on the Supreme Court'

Kathy Griffin Signs With APA

ajfkjsh Comedian and two-time Emmy and Grammy winner Kathy Griffin has signed with APA for representation in all areas. Griffin, known for her unfiltered, racy comedy, has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her hit reality series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which aired for six years on Bravo. The show was Emmy- nominated every year of its run, and also garnered the GLAAD Media Award for Best Reality Program. As an actress, Griffin's credits include a series regular role…

Kathy Griffin’s Biggest Feuds, From Donald Trump to Barbara Walters (Photos)


You don’t get to the top of the D-list without picking a few fights first. Kathy Griffin is loved for her outspokenness and provocative comedy and onstage persona. But along with her vocal dislike of President Trump as exemplified by an infamous photo of her posing with his decapitated head, she’s been a target of many in the GOP and others in the media. Here are some of the biggest feuds Griffin has engaged in even before that Trump incident.

Julie Chen

In the wake of the Les Moonves sexual misconduct scandal over at CBS, Griffin wrote a tweet thread directed at Moonves’s wife Julie Chen. Griffin said she would love to be a guest on Chen’s show but changed her mind after hearing from her own acquaintances “how Julie has treated people.” She then revealed she sent Chen a text saying, “F— you and your misogynistic husband. You two deserve each other.” Griffin further claimed she had heard that Moonves would not consider a woman to replace Craig Ferguson for “The Late Late Show” hosting gig.

Tomi Lahren

Griffin gave a blunt response when she received an interview request from Tomi Lahren’s people at Fox News. “Go f— yourself.” Griffin shared a screencap of an email she received from Lahren’s people and captioned it, “You and your network told me my career was over and that I was irrelevant. Now you want to interview me.” Lahren responded in fashion, giving a taste at what would’ve surely been a fiery interview if it ever happened. “Thought maybe you’d like to discuss your Trump Derangement Syndrome on the most-watched cabe news network. Guess not! Have a nice day!”

Louis C.K.

Griffin fumed when she learned that Louis C.K. attempted to make his comeback by performing a brief stand-up set back in August. “You know how many talented women and POC comics are knocking on doors trying to get some time in front of audiences or powerful people in this business?” Griffin wrote in the first of her five tweets. “And Louis just gets to glide back in on his own terms? Gosh, does it payoff to be in the boys club..the white boys club.” Griffin also took issue when a reporter had lumped her in with C.K. and other celebrities accused of sexual assault. The reporter apologized for the comparison.

Donald Trump

By far her most infamous feud, Griffin’s career was upended when she posed in a photo holding Donald Trump’s bloody, decapitated head. The fallout was swift, with Griffin losing her spot on CNN among other jobs. Griffin later said the photo was not some “elaborate setup” but a last-minute decision designed to be provocative. Griffin apologized, but later took back the apology in a rant condemning the whole family on “The View.” And Trump continued the feud, with Griffin saying that she’s been detained at every international airport she’s visited since posting the photo. “The shows were cancelled because the President of the United States and his family were offended by an image I released and decided to unleash an army on me,” she said. “That’s what’s not right..that’s what I object to. I’m an adult, I can deal with fallout..I’ve dealt with it before.”

Jerry Seinfeld

On “Seinfeld,” Griffin played an up-and-coming comedian named Sally who got her big break by making fun of Jerry on stage. The two comics had another feud in real life, though it was all in good fun. Griffin said that after she had poked fun at Seinfeld in a routine, Seinfeld sent her a package and letter as a prank that she said gave her “instant diarrhea.” “I mean, I made it to the bathroom, but just barely,” Griffin joked. “To this day, he brags about how he had his staff compose this hilariously insulting letter about when he had to watch someone really talk smack on him on TV.”


Griffin’s face has appeared in numerous GOP campaign ads as a symbol of the liberal Hollywood resistance against Trump, but NRATV, the National Rifle Association’s media arm, used footage of Griffin to misleadingly suggest she had adopted Trump’s “Build the Wall” policy on immigration. Griffin took notice and called their network “stupid and embarrassing.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders invoked Kathy Griffin’s name when asked about the cancellation of “Roseanne” and the President’s response to the news. “Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the President on ‘The View’ after a photo showed her holding President Trump’s decapitated head,” Sanders said during a White House press briefing. Griffin pushed back hard. “B—, do not come for me. I did not call you,” Griffin wrote in a tweet containing a snippet of the briefing that mentioned her. “And for f–s sake, take a cold reading class, maybe you won’t stumble so much.”

Melania Trump

The Donald isn’t the only Trump who Griffin has feuded with. Griffin took a swipe at Melania Trump’s #BeBest anti-bullying campaign when Melania called Griffin’s decapitation photo “very disturbing.” “#BeBest – When your husband is an erratic whack job who tweets crazy s– and actually puts the country in danger and you take the time as First Lady to question a photo of a comic holding a halloween mask and ketchup.”

Harvey Levin and TMZ

Griffin has railed on Harvey Levin and TMZ on several occasions. In the wake of her decapitation photo fallout, she accused Levin of being in bed with Trump. “They have done hit pieces on me to the point where it’s actually affected my career,” she said. “Harvey Levin, have you ever done anything honorable, ever?” She also criticized the outlet for their coverage of how fellow comedian Lisa Lampanelli combatted a heckler at a show. TMZ referred to the incident as a “nuclear meltdown,” and Griffin said this was indicative of how TMZ treated all women and people of color in their coverage.

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen was tapped to replace Kathy Griffin in her CNN New Year’s co-hosting gig, but the two also traded jabs in 2017. Cohen was Griffin’s boss at Bravo while her show “My Life on the D-List” was on the air, and she’s appeared on his talk show twice, but in an interview he repeatedly pretended he didn’t know her. Griffin called him “deeply misogynistic” in response. She later escalated the feud by saying Cohen twice offered her cocaine before appearing on the show (Cohen denied it) and sharing a text from someone who had been in a relationship with Cohen. Cohen “is a small guy, not just in height,” the message read, taking a jab at his manhood.

Melissa Rivers

Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers were very close, even though they disagreed politically. But that mutual respect didn’t transfer over between Griffin and Rivers’s daughter Melissa. Griffin was chosen to replace Rivers on the E! show “Fashion Police” after her death, but then quickly departed. Melissa Rivers eventually responded by saying that Griffin had “s— all over” her mother’s legacy. “By calling the comedy and the style of it old-fashioned. It was like, I understand what you were doing, you’re trying to save yourself, but don’t crap all over my mother to do it,” Rivers said.

Les Moonves’ Wife Julie Chen to Skip Season 9 Premiere of CBS’ ‘The Talk’ to ‘Be With My Family’


Julie Chen will not be appearing on today’s Season 9 premiere of “The Talk,” one day after her husband Les Moonves was ousted as CBS CEO following sexual misconduct accusations from a dozen women.

“I am taking a few days off from ‘The Talk’ to be with my family,” Chen said in a statement shared with TheWrap minutes before the show started on Monday. “I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on ‘Big Brother.'”

Click here to see how her co-hosts covered the Moonves news on Monday.

Back in July, after Ronan Farrow’s initial bombshell New Yorker story laying out various allegations against Moonves was published, Chen briefly discussed the news on “The Talk.”

“Some of you may be aware of what’s been going on in my life the past few days,” Chen said at the top of the July 30 episode. “I issued the one and only statement I will make on Twitter. I stand by that statement today, tomorrow, and forever.”

Moonves and Chen, who were married in 2004, have one son together. The accusations against Moonves generally predate their relationship.

Chen has been drawn into Moonves’ troubles since they first became public. She was most recently called out by comedian Kathy Griffin, who told off the CBS personality via Twitter Sunday night.

“F– you and your misogynistic husband,” Griffin direct messaged Chen, signing off, “Bye bitch.”

Griffin also believes Chen may have helped her husband attempt to bury Janet Jackson’s career following the singer’s infamous wardrobe malfunction on a CBS-broadcast Super Bowl, which has been written about.

Joe Ianniello, who has served as the company’s COO since 2013, will take over as CBS’ president and acting CEO while the board searches for a permanent successor. The chairman position will remain open pending the appointment of a permanent CEO.

An investigation by two different law firms into the various accusations against Moonves and other senior CBS officials is still underway, and any potential Moonves severance pay is pending the results. The company announced that $20 million of any severance would be donated to #MeToo-related organizations.

Moovnes joined CBS Corporation from Warner Bros. in 1995, when he was named president of CBS Entertainment. He became chairman in 2003 and was named CEO in 2006, following the split of CBS and Viacom.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Les Moonves Could Get Up to $120 Million in Severance, CBS Says in Filing

CBS Acting CEO Joe Ianniello Promises 'Safe and Positive Working Environment' in Post-Moonves Era

CBS Stock Falls as Market Reacts to Les Moonves' Exit

JK Rowling Slams ‘Racist,’ ‘Sexist’ Herald Sun Cartoon of Serena Williams


A cartoon published in Australia’s Herald Sun of Serena Williams at the U.S. Open over the weekend is causing an uproar, with public figures like J.K. Rowling slamming the drawing for being “racist” and “sexist.”

“Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop,” Rowling tweeted on Monday.

Kathy Griffin also voiced her opinion about the cartoon, tweeting, “Hey @Knightcartoons just change your name to KKK Cartoons. Racist piece of s—!”

ESPN’s Jemele Hill wrote, “About as subtle as Fran Drescher’s voice.”

Mark Knight drew the cartoon for the Herald Sun newspaper, which shows Williams stomping on her racket, with opponent Naomi Osaka speaking to the umpire in the background. The umpire, who is probably meant to represent Carlos Ramos, says, “Can you just let her win?”

Many Twitter users doubled down on Knight, slamming his cartoon.

“You couldn’t be more racist if you tried – and you reeeeeaaally tried,” one user responded. “Using those classic sambo tropes- enlarged lips, overexaggerated body parts to depict Serena as hyper masculine- next time just use an old ad from the 1800s- no one would notice the difference in your racism.”

“Hey Mark bruv you should totally submit your latest masterpiece to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia in the USA!” said one user.

“This is antiblack, racist and misogynoiristic [sic]; you know that so don’t bother lying or diverting,” wrote another. “It’ll be filed under ‘racist cartoons’ for media students to examine in the future just as ones just like this in past are studied now. It’s not innovative, creative or accurate.”

Williams lost to Osaka in the finals on Saturday after being penalized both a point and a whole game in a dispute with Ramos. Williams broke down in tears in the second set as Ramos issued a series of code violations — beginning with a warning when her coach Patrick Mouratoglou signaled to her from his place in the stands, a mid-match coaching violation of the rules (though seldom called by officials, according to several experts who have since weighed in on the matter).

A second violation for her confrontation with Ramos led to the loss of a point. But she was docked an entire game when she confronted Ramos a second time: “You stole a point from me. You’re a thief too.”

Although Williams refused to shake Ramos’ hand after the match, she graciously congratulated Osaka, the daughter of a Japanese mother and Haitian father who has trained for years in Florida — and discouraged fans from booing during the awards ceremony.

A spokesperson for Williams has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. TheWrap also reached out to the Herald Sun for comment.

See some reactions to the cartoon below.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Billie Jean King on Serena Williams' 'Catsuit' Ban: 'Policing of Women's Bodies Must End'

Tennis Fans Revolt After French Open Bans Serena Williams' 'Black Panther' Catsuit

Serena Williams Shuts Down John McEnroe for Comparing Her to Male Players