Kathy Griffin Says Her Personal Life Fell Apart in Wake of Photo Scandal (Exclusive)

Kathy Griffin has almost no friends, along with also she’s OK with that will.

“I mean, I lost 0 percent of my friends,” she confesses to ET, reflecting on the one-year anniversary of her “Trump mask” photo scandal. One May 30, 2017, photographer Tyler Shields shared a today-viral image of the 57-year-old comedian posing that has a ketchup-covered mask resembling President Donald Trump. Many found the image disturbing, as This specific appeared that will Griffin was holding the president’s severed head. The photo cost Griffin almost all of her jobs.

“You know, not being able to work in my own country, This specific’s not the way This specific’s supposed to be here in America,” Griffin shares. “along with also you can hate that will picture all you want, although This specific’s very much covered under the First Amendment … I didn’t break the law, OK? If you don’t like a Halloween mask along with also ketchup, get over This specific.”

along with also This specific turns out, the scandal damaged way more than her career. 

“My personal life did fall apart,” she says. “My joke will be, I’m down to eight gay guys, two puppies, my boyfriend along with also my mom, along with also my mom will be on the bubble.”

“My life got very pared down along with also, you know, This specific was interesting,” she continues. “The comedian Katt Williams called me that will day along with also he said, ‘Get out a pen along with also a piece of paper.’ along with also I thought he was going to give me, like, advice or talking points or whatever, although he gave me a better tip, which will be, ‘Write down the name of every single person who calls you today with complete support along with also, at the end of that will day, look at the list along with also those are who your friends are.’ along with also there were three names!”

Those three names were Williams, Griffin’s mother, Maggie, who was concerned her daughter had joined the terrorist organization ISIS, along with also Jim Carrey, whom Griffin admits she barely knows.

“Jim Carrey said something very vital, along with also I don’t know him very well,” she notes. “So, I’m not trying to act like, ‘My bestie, Jim Carrey,’ although he tracked me down along with also he said This specific great thing. He said, ‘Today, you’re the most famous comedian from the entire world,’ along with also I was sobbing along with also I go, ‘Jim! For all the wrong reasons.’ along with also he goes, ‘No, use This specific.’ He goes, ‘You’re gonna have material that will’s so unique along with also personal.'”

Griffin says she used Carrey’s words of encouragement along with also her late mentor, Joan Rivers’, mantra, “When the going gets tough, get tougher,” to trudge on through the backlash. After spending some time in hiding working on completely new material, she returned to her roots to see if people were ready to hear what she had to say.

“Nobody can stop me coming from a microphone along with also my offensive jokes,” she coos. “I went, OK. What made me? What led to my biggest success? along with also I thought, This specific was when I used to do the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, along with also I called the owner, Jamie Masada, along with also I said, ‘What will be your worst time slot? I’ll take This specific’ … I could do shows there, along with also people could line up around the block. along with also then I commenced going, OK. I can do, like, theatrical stand-up shows.”

Griffin’s Laugh Factory gigs led to her booking international theaters for what has today become her Laugh Your Head Off world tour. After playing 16 countries around the globe, Griffin returns for her first U.S. tour date in more than a year later This specific month — along with also This specific’s to a sold-out theater. In fact, Griffin has sold out many of her still-to-come shows from the U.S., including Carnegie Hall in completely new York City.

“I can’t believe This specific!” she gushes. “I am so thrilled along with also so grateful. I mean, This specific whole year has been wild.”

along with also if she could go back along with also do everything over, Griffin admits she wouldn’t change a thing.

“For a long time, I was saying things like, ‘No, I wouldn’t do This specific,’” she admits. “I’ve even said things like, you know, ‘I could do This specific, although with, like, a blowup doll so people could definitely get This specific.’ along with also today I realize … like, when [Donald Trump Jr.] went on Great Morning America along with also said, ‘She deserves what’s coming to her,’ I’m like, ‘No, b***h. You deserve what’s coming to you! along with also guess what’s coming to you? Me.’”

Tickets to Griffin’s tour are available via Live Nation. 

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