Kathy Griffin 'still hurt' over losing Anderson Cooper as a friend: 'I really loved him'

Nearly two years after a graphic joke about President Trump derailed her career and personal life, Kathy Griffin is still mourning some of the relationships she lost.

Perhaps most notable is her now-dead friendship with Anderson Cooper, her former co-host on CNN's annual New Year's Eve broadcast.

"I was devastated," Griffin, who has a self-produced film debuting this week at SXSW, told Variety. "It still hurts. I mean, I really loved him."

The comedian added, "I don't have a punchline for that one."

Cooper is far from the only famous face by whom Griffin feels betrayed. In January, she publicly called out "ex-friend" Don Cheadle for posting a "nasty tweet" about her in 2017, declaring, "I will never forgive you." (Cheadle was confused by the allegation, writing back, "Huh?")

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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)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper attend the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_002_0361.JPG (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for CNN)
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)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 31: Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper speak at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013 in Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/DCNYRE2013/Getty Images for DCP)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: TV personalities Kathy Griffin (L) and Anderson Cooper walk at New Year's Eve 2013 in Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
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Griffin's new film, which documents her last tour performance, is titled "Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story," She self-financed the entire project from start to finish.

"I mean, honestly, at this moment, I don’t have one single day of paid work ahead of me for the rest of my life," Griffin told Variety. "When I say it in the film, you can tell the audience is imagining how that would feel if it was their situation."

She recalled a particularly painful conversation when asked why Netflix hasn't signed a stand-up comedy deal with her.

"If nothing else, this tale is historic and one of a kind," Griffin said, citing her two Emmys and Grammy Award. "I can tell you a little story, which is a friend of mine called a partner in one of the big agencies and said, 'How would you feel about taking Kathy Griffin?' And this was maybe six months after the Trump situation. And he said, 'Life's too short.' So hearing that is pretty devastating."

Despite the negative responses from those within the industry, Griffin's fans haven't lost interest. Her 2018 tour took her to 15 countries and brought in $4.4 million.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: All Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: All Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin arrives at FOX's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular at The Barker Hanger on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Actress Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Emcee Kathy Griffin speaks onstage at Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Emcee Kathy Griffin speaks at Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Kathy Griffin attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_001_1185.JPG (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for CNN)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Kathy Griffin attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Kathy Griffin speaks onstage during the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_002_1366.JPG (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for CNN)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Comedian Kathy Griffin speaks at An Evening With Kathy Griffin at The GRAMMY Museum on November 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Host Kathy Griffin speaks onstage during The Equality Now's 'Make Equality Reality' Event at Montage Beverly Hills on November 3, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Equality Now)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Teri Hatcher and Kathy Griffin arrive at the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Kathy Griffin arrives at the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Kathy Griffin attends the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Kathy Griffin arrives at the 2014 Carousel Of Hope Ball Presented By Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
TV personality Kathy Griffin arrives on the red carpet before the 2014 Best in Drag Show at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on October 5, 2014. The show which sees contestants from all over the US raises money for the Aid for AIDS and Alliance for Housing and Healing charities. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
TIBURON, CA - AUGUST 23: Kathy Griffin emcees the 3rd Annual Hotbed Benefit hosted by the Drever Family Foundation on August 23, 2014 in Tiburon, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)
TIBURON, CA - AUGUST 23: Kathy Griffin emcees the 3rd Annual Hotbed Benefit hosted by the Drever Family Foundation on August 23, 2014 in Tiburon, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)
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