In June, Griffin risked her career by posing for a photo that shows her holding a mask that's covered in fake blood and resembles Donald Trump. The fallout was bigger than the annual New Year's Eve ball drop, and caused CNN to ditch the comedian from future co-hosting duties with Cooper.
It turns out Cooper didn't reach out to Griffin during the aftermath of the photo backlash. She didn't hear from him until August 10.
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 31, 2017
Yeah, we’re still friends, and look I said what I said about — I didn’t think what she said was appropriate, but I wish her the best and I hope she bounces back.
If it took that long to reach out, I would question his friendship. Real friends don't stay away when trouble starts. ❤️ To her.— Suzanne L. Wells (@LoveLaughShowUp) August 28, 2017
Friends stick together no matter what, shame on you Anderson!— Pfatras (@fatras_paula) August 29, 2017
Thank you for this terrific article. Her apology was sincere & should have been enough. I'm so glad she's ready to fight. She'll be fine.— Kathryn Boike (@kathrynrb) August 28, 2017
As long as she still has Cher, she will be okay. Cher is not easily rattled by these things. Kathy is going to get it all together, no prob.— Karl Gibson (@karlgibson) August 29, 2017
The photo was abhorrent, but she realized it & gave a sincere apology. That's more than Donald will ever do for all the people he's hurt.— Comentario Dicho (@ComentarioDicho) August 28, 2017
By the time Cooper reached out to Griffin in August, the damage was done.