Anderson Cooper responds to Kathy Griffin controversy: 'I want nothing but good things for her'

Anderson Cooper wishes Kathy Griffin well. The 50-year-old CNN host spoke about Griffin's recent photo controversy during an appearance with pal Andy Cohen on Friday.

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"She and I have been friends for a long time and I want nothing but good things for her," Cooper told the crowd at the Comercia Theater (USA Today reports).

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin host 'New Year's Eve Live' on CNN during New Year's Eve 2017 in Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains profanity.) Anderson Cooper (L) and Kathy Griffin attend Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest in Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper host CNN's 'New Year's Eve Live' at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Host Anderson Cooper (L) and comedian Kathy Griffin speak on stage during CNN Heroes 2015 - Show at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. 25619_022 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper attend CNN Heroes 2015 - Show at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. 25619_022 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Host Anderson Cooper (L) and comedian Kathy Griffin speak on stage during CNN Heroes 2015 - Show at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. 25619_022 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin and Gloria Steinem attend Kathy Griffin's Carnegie Hall Performance official after party hosted by Anderson Cooper at Trattoria Dell Arte Restaurant on November 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
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Previously, Cooper publicly condemned Griffin's controversial photo shoot in which she held up a bloody head of President Donald Trump. But on Friday, he clarified that he has no ill will toward the comedian or her future career.

"I don't want anybody's career to be destroyed because they do something unfortunate and inappropriate, but yeah, I thought what she did was inappropriate," he said. "You know, I think I said that I thought it was completely inappropriate and I didn't approve it in any way, and I think when you're friends with somebody, you can say that."

Shortly after the photo hit the Internet, Griffin was fired from her position at CNN, where she frequently co-hosted the New Year's Eve program with Cooper.

At the time, the longtime journalist tweeted about his response to the photo, writing, "For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate."

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At a press conference held earlier this month, Griffin burst into tears when asked by ET's Kevin Frazier if she'd spoken with Cooper since the incident.

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