UPDATE with video Kathy Griffin has left her apologetic phase long behind, and it suits her: The comic announced on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher tonight that she’s booked performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center.
Soon after her appearance, Griffin tweeted to confirm the news. “Great news – I’m heading back to Carnegie Hall in New York! Tickets will be on sale next week.” (See the tweet below.)
“I’m dipping my toes into touring again even though the Trumps and nobody wants me to work again,” she told Maher. “I just booked today, I’m going to do a show at Carnegie Hall in New York and I’m also going to go right to Trump’s back yard and do a show at the Kennedy Center.”
“Kathy Griffin!,” said Maher. “Triumphant!”
Griffin, of course, watched her career nosedive after she posted a photo of herself last May holding a bloody severed dummy head with a Donald Trump mask. She told Maher she saw her career vanish “overnight,” and watched as TMZ reported her show cancellations in real time.
The comic opened her segment tonight by thanking Maher for standing by her. “I really want to thank you for being one of the first and only people to publicly say what happened to me was bullshit.”
Griffin, who called the controversial photo “distasteful but not illegal,” recounted her story tonight in terms both comic and serious. She said she was under investigation by the Department of Justice for two months, is on Interpol’s No Fly list and was detained at every airport on her 23-city overseas tour.
“This is really scary when you’re at the Singapore airport,” she said, adding that her devices were confiscated even at LAX and London Heathrow. She recounted a vile and violent threat that she said was the most common one she received.
Determined not to do a “perp walk,” Griffin and her attorneys negotiated to have the DOJ interrogation take place at her attorney’s office. “It cost me a lot of money.”
“That’s the administration we have now,” Griffin told Maher. “I really believe, it happened to me, it could happen to you and other people or people’s kids or relatives. It could happen, it’s kinda crazy.”
“Well,” said Maher, “we’re not going to take that picture…”
Asked whether she lost friends over the controversy, Griffin said, “I’m down to three gay guys and you, but I hear you’re fluid.”
As for her infamous firing from CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast with Anderson Cooper, she said “I only worked there one night a week, but they made this sweeping statement.”
“And Don Jr., like of all people Don Jr., that frickin’ Cro-Mag, that barely human whatever his deal is, he goes on Good Morning America and says we don’t just want to ruin Kathy Griffin’s career, we want to decimate her. And that was like months after the photo.
“I’m not decimated,” she said, raising a middle finger.
Regrets? Maher asked, “If you had to do it all over again, I assume you wouldn’t take the picture…”
“I’d do Mike Pence,” Griffin shot back, the shock of the joke drawing those surprised “ooohs” from the audience and then whoops for its audacity. “I’m kidding! Ten months I’ve waited to do that joke! Ten months!”