In a new Kathy Griffin interview and cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, she stands by her calling out of Andy Cohen’s drug use. After Cohen, the openly gay late night talk show host and former Bravo executive, pretended not to know who Griffin was, she blasted him in a video stating he “just lives to take women down.”
In the video, Griffin accused Cohen of offering her cocaine before her two appearances on his talkshow, Watch What Happens, Live. She also said that Cohen wanted to be her, imitating her jokey red carpet interviews, giving himself his own talk show on Bravo at a time when she had sought one and generally being a horrible boss during their time working together.
In the new Kathy Griffin interview with THR, Griffin explains why she called him out. “[I called Cohen out] to illustrate a double standard,” Griffin explains. “If it was me [offering drugs backstage], somebody at Bravo would have said, ‘You have to go.’ When you’re a woman, you get one f—kup, and it’s over. When you’re a guy, you get chance after chance after chance.”
“I didn’t commit a crime. I didn’t rape anybody. I didn’t assault anybody. I didn’t get a DUI. I mean, my God, there are celebrities that f—king kill people,” Griffin lamented of her alleged blacklist from the industry. “The minute I do something that makes money, they will all love me again. When I’m dead, I’ll be a legend. But not now.”
Griffin admitted to watching Cohen and her old bestie Anderson Cooper on CNN’s New Year’s Eve telecast that she was bumped from after she took a photo holding up the bloody, decapitated head of U.S. President Donald Trump. While the New Year’s Eve broadcast had better ratings than ever without Griffin, Cohen got horrible reviews on social media, reviews that went viral the next day.
Her boyfriend explained, “Kathy said, ‘I want to watch.’ I said, ‘Are you sure? It could be painful.’ But we turned it on, and she was like, ‘This is a dumpster fire.’ “