Breaking News: Kathy Griffin is being blacklisted by Hollywood
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Kathy Griffin claims Hollywood’s giving her the shaft, and an email exchange about a speaking engagement she was initially offered proves it.
The 56-year-old comedian has been noticeably absent from the public eye since she posed for a photo shoot with the very bloody, severed head of Donald Trump in May of this year. Griffin was subsequently fired from hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special alongside Anderson Cooper, but it seems the backlash has not subsided.
In a Facebook post, Griffin claims that she has been blacklisted following the events of this past spring. “If you’ve ever wondered what blacklisting in any industry looks like, especially if you’re a woman of a certain age, I’ll show you right now” she begins, before launching into her account of an invite to deliver the opening remarks at this December’s The Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Women in Entertainment breakfast–and the subsequent rescinding of that invite.
Griffin explained that last month she received the invite to speak at the event she’s attended numerous times, including as recently as last year. She attached the email exchange between her former publicist, her office and THR informing Griffin of the change. The comedian says she’s still reeling from her severed Trump head photo shoot. She says, “I just want to make you laugh, even though I don’t have one single day of paid work ahead of me in the United States for the rest of my life.”
Griffin noted that she’s spent the last few decades bringing humor to controversial topics in an “extremely male-dominated field.”
“I have received no public support that has translated into being able to simply resume my life-long career,” she wrote. “In any way possible, I will of course continue to champion those without voices and those who are disenfranchised, with the hope of being able to do my job.”