Kathy Griffin announces first US tour dates since Trump photo

Kathy Griffin is wading back into the world of comedy almost one year after a Donald Trump photo scandal derailed her career.

The comic, 57, announced Friday her first string of U.S. tour dates since she was photographed holding a bloodied, decapitated Trump head in an image that went viral and sparked massive backlash last May.

"I'm dipping my toes into touring again even though the Trumps and nobody wants me to work again," Griffin told Bill Maher on "Real Time."

Griffin added that she had just booked a show at Carnegie Hall in Midtown, as well as one "in Trump's backyard" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw
Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did th… https://t.co/vs6FeEGyTP
Our politics have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin's post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory.
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.
No one should be shocked at the sick audacity of sick characters. Kathy is a hurting individual. She needs help.... https://t.co/RHpk02ojbJ
It wasn't right when peoplel hung lynched Obama effigies, just as what Kathy Griffin did isn't right now.
For those asking, I said on air that I thought the beheading imagery by Griffin about the president was disgusting and inappropriate.
.@kathygriffin I'm sorry but that is totally inappropriate and so very offensive. And I have to believe you're smart enough to know better.
Nope. Too much. By a very long distance, way too much. https://t.co/I9977nKEAP
This Kathy Griffin thing is so upsetting and disgusting. Jesus--what is wrong with people today? Have we lost all our humanity?
I'm not looking forward to be asked as a comedian if I defend the Kathy Griffin picture... it was clearly not meant to be funny. #No
I'm all for artistic and comedic expression, but I just saw the violent Trump imagery in #KathyGriffin's photo and I find it horrible.
Kathy Griffin is the embodiment of the average American liberal A psychotic lunatic who has more in common with I… https://t.co/arCYwt8pAF
I hope people realize the new precedent Kathy Griffin has set, this is madness. Call CNN advertisers & everyone she… https://t.co/XC9zC8IdLP
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She later added dates at multiple other U.S. cities including San Francisco and Boston as well as several Canadian venues. Griffin spent a chunk of 2017 touring in Europe.

"Donald Trump Jr. goes on 'Good Morning America' and goes, 'We don't just want to ruin Kathy Griffin's career, we want to decimate her'… I'm not decimated" Griffin told Maher to much applause as she waved two middle fingers in the air.

The photo not only got Griffin booted from her New Year's Eve hosting duties on CNN, but launched a two month federal investigation by two departments from the Department of Justice.

Griffin's stunt also led to the termination of several high-profile friendships, like Anderson Cooper, and made her a pariah among television companies like Netflix, Bravo, E! and NBC, all of whom she previously told The Hollywood Reporter refused to work with her.

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