Kathy Griffin Shares Tribute to Anderson Cooper's Mom Gloria Vanderbilt 2 Years after Falling-Out with Him
Kathy Griffin penned a heartfelt tribute to the late Gloria Vanderbilt, who referred to the comedian as “her daughter,” through an Instagram post.
Despite the fallout of Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin which happened two years ago, the comedian’s love for Cooper’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, never faded. After the fashion icon’s demise, Griffin honored her through an Instagram post filled with photos.
“I would be so flattered when she would refer to me as her daughter,” she shared. “When we would have our alone time, we would sit on this sofa and talk for hours. No topic was ever off-limits and believe it or not I would even shut up for a while because, oh the life that woman lived.”
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In the end, after all else is stripped away, there is only love. My mom believed in love more than anyone. It was her guide, her solace, it’s what drove her, and in her final moments, it is what surrounded her. “i love you, you know that,” she would say to me, and i did, i knew it from the moment i was born, and i will know it till the moment i die. It was her greatest gift to me.
Griffin recalled how Vanderbilt would always include her in conversations during lavish dinner parties, and save her from ones that were too intimidating. Despite what she went through with Vanderbilt’s son, Griffin still “loved her so much.”
Cooper and Griffin had a 17-year-long friendship which ended in May 2017, after the comedian posted a controversial photo of Trump and received major backlash. The incident also cost her a job hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve with Cooper.
The famous CNN journalist took to Twitter his response to the controversy, sharing that he was “appalled by the photo” and that it was “disgusting” and “inappropriate.” In March this year, Griffin admitted that she still felt “devastated” over their fallout.
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 31, 2017
“It still hurts. I mean, I really loved him. I don’t have a punchline for that one,” she said.
Back in the day, Griffin would tease Cooper about his famous mother being “cooler” than him. She often joked by “reminding him that he’ll never be as much fun as his 90-year-old mother.”
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I lost a friend today. The one and only Gloria Vanderbilt. I loved her so much. She let me call her “Glo Vandi” and I would be so flattered when she would refer to me as her daughter. When we would have our alone time, we would sit on this sofa and talk for hours. No topic was ever off-limits and believe it or not I would even shut up for a while because, oh the life that woman lived. I’d always plan on wearing something ridiculous to get her to laugh from the moment she opened the door. She would invite me to a book event, where I know I would be surrounded with so many intellectuals, I would always get overdressed and try to learn a new big word for the occasion! The dinner parties! I was so thrilled to be invited and spend more time with her. Often at these events I would be quite intimidated and Glo knew what to do. She would stop the conversation and say “Kaaaathy, WHAT is going on with the Lohans?” She would open up about her early life. The trauma she went through as a little girl & a grown woman. The ups, downs of her life. Her candor was extraordinary. I have no photos of those private conversations. “Kathy, there’s always more and we’re never done”. I love you Glo💔
Sadly, at 95, the cool mom they both looked up to, lost the battle to stomach cancer, but did so surrounded by family and friends. Cooper conveyed a touching eulogy for his late mother, showing a compilation of videos of Vanderbilt’s life.
“She was the strongest person I’ve ever met, but she wasn’t tough. She never developed a thick skin to protect herself from hurt. She wanted to feel it all. She wanted to feel life’s pleasures, its pains as well,” Cooper said.
Vanderbilt had four marriages, with her last one being the most successful with Wyatt Cooper, the move of her life. They had two children, Cooper, and Carter, who took his own life at a young age.