Kathy Griffin claims she knew Anderson Cooper’s late mother Gloria Vanderbilt better than he did while discussing her ex-friend in an interview with “AM to DM” on Wednesday.
Griffin, who was promoting her documentary “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story,” praised Vanderbilt and commented on their close relationship.
“I was really in love with Anderson’s mom, the great Gloria Vanderbilt. She let me call her Glo-Vandy,” Griffin says of Vanderbilt who died at the age of 95 in June. “She gave me so many life lessons when we would chat, and I actually kind of knew her better than Anderson in a way.”
Griffin was asked if Cooper had reached out to her since his mother’s death and the comedian replied, “No, Anderson’s not really wired that way.”
“Anderson Cooper and [CNN President] Jeff Zucker are cut from the same cloth. I’ve known Jeff for a long time, but a lot of these older white guys hate me, and they’ve hated me for years, because I’ve been a ballsy chick my whole career and I’ve never learned my lesson,” she says. “Misogyny and sexism are part of my message, and as I get older, I don’t have a f**k left to give. I really don’t.”
Cooper and Griffin were friends and co-hosts of CNN’s New Year’s Eve special, but Griffin was fired by the network after posing in a controversial photo with a replica of Donald Trump’s severed head. Griffin bashed Cooper at the time for not defending her during the fallout.