Kathy Griffin embarking on comeback tour after controversial Trump photo

  • Kathy Griffin embarking on comeback tour after controversial Trump photo

Kathy Griffin embarking on comeback tour after controversial Trump photo

Griffin announced her first US shows since the gruesome photo, which showed her holding a bloody mask of President Donald Trump's head, was released in May 2017.

Initially, Griffin apologized for the photo that appeared last May, taken by photographer Tyler Shields.

Griffin announced on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" on Friday night that she had just booked upcoming shows at New York's Carnegie Hall and at Washington's Kennedy Center - "Trump's backyard", she called it.

It looks like Kathy Griffin is trying to make a bit of a comeback, nine months after her controversial photo shoot using a Trump prop.

She says she is dipping her toes into touring, even though the Trumps didn't want her to work again.

"Kathy Griffin!", said Maher. She told Maher she saw her career vanish "overnight", and watched as TMZ reported her show cancellations in real time. She said she was under investigation by the Department of Justice for two months, is on Interpol's No Fly list and was detained at every airport on her 23-city overseas tour. I mean, my God, there are celebrities that [expletive] kill people, ' Griffin told the magazine. "They're normally doing "Stomp" or 'Mama Mia, '" not dealing with what she says were multiple death threats against her.

Griffin has slowly been paving her way back into the spotlight.

But, she told Maher, "I don't blame them".

After the photo was posted in May 2017, Griffin was investigated by the Secret Service and fired from her annual gig co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve broadcast alongside Anderson Cooper.

"We need comedians", Maher said, "to sometimes go over the line so we know where the lines are".

Regrets? Maher asked, "If you had to do it all over again, I assume you wouldn't take the picture..."