Kathy Griffen Opens Her Mouth Again & She Still Doesn't Get It
Kathy Griffin is back on the stand-up circuit after taking a break following the 2017 photo scandal. The 62-year-old comedian and leftist activist has been through a lot since then, including a diagnosis of lung cancer and a lobectomy, as well as "crippling" anxiety and PTSD.
Griffin made headlines after posting an image of herself holding what appeared to be the severed, bloody head of then-President Donald Trump. The fallout was hard on her. She was quickly fired from her annual New Year's Eve co-host job with Anderson Cooper, and more than 25 theaters canceled her upcoming shows.
But now, Griffin is ready to return to the stage. She recently underwent vocal surgery and is currently preparing for her solo show in Las Vegas, where tickets are selling quickly.
This will be Griffin's first time taking the stage since the scandal. She told People that she's ready to come out of her 'cancellation' and share her story.
"I am coming out of my cancellation. And the cancer isn’t killing me. I can still put together a show. I love writing," Griffin said. While her show won't include any content about Trump, she plans on discussing the whole journey since then.
Griffin also noted the amazing progress she's made in her return to the circuit. “It’s actually hard to sell tickets to Vegas, because it’s a very last-minute town," she explained. "And you know, that’s real. Like money talks, bullsh** walks. So I’m hoping that other buyers see my ticket sales and go, ‘Hey, she’s not controversial anymore.’”
The comedian is not only proud but also relieved to get her voice back. "I feel like I figuratively lost my comedic voice because of the Trump photo scandal, I literally lost my voice due to the cancer surgery and now I finally have my voice back," she said. "I’m a grateful, naughty comedian again!"