Anderson Cooper Defends Kathy Griffin’s ‘Fashion Police’ Exit During Squabble with Andy Cohen

Anderson Cooper takes Kathy Griffin’s side in the whole Fashion Police controversy, as demonstrated during a squabble on Watch What Happens Live with host Andy Cohen on Wednesday (March 18, 2015).

The sexy CNN host and Bravo’s golden boy got into a disagreement over the controversy surrounding Fashion Police, stemming from Giuliana Rancic’s comments about Zendaya’s hair at the Oscars, and culminating with Kelly Osbourne and Griffith leaving their posts as co-hosts, and the show going on hiatus until September.

Cooper, 47, explained that after Griffin announced her exit, he sent her a text to her show his support and added, “I’m a huge Kathy Griffin fan. I want nothing but the best for Kathy.”

Griffin has been the silver fox’s New Year’s Eve Live co-host for the past 8 years.

He added, “I think she’s going to go on to bigger and better things.”

Cohen, 46, however, disagreed with Cooper on her exit and said, “I think it’s like the pot calling the kettle black.” Griffin cited her incompatible brand of humor and not wanting to make fun of anyone for the reason behind her quitting the show.

“She’s like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to make fun of anyone.’ This show’s about making fun of people,” he remarked. “And the reason everyone loves Kathy Griffin is she makes fun of people constantly… I mean I love Kathy Griffin too! And I love her humor. But if it wasn’t working, then say it wasn’t working. I didn’t think it was working but don’t make it about the body shaming.”

Cooper fought back and replied, “To be completely honest, I don’t understand some of the other folks who are on that show. I would watch that show for Kathy Griffin. Some of the other people, I was like, ‘I don’t get why this person is on television’.”

As for Griffin’s kind of humor, Cooper says she’s always presented it “in a different way,” and applauded her for her “long, well-written statement” (referring to her message on Instagram explaining why she was leaving).

To Cohen, he also said, “You love to stir it up,” explaining that “This is what a party at Andy Cohen’s house looks like. He always invites one or two people who are going to end up drunk and end up yelling.”

In other news, Cooper and Cohen on going on tour together, called AC2, which is an “unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation.” Check out more details here, it starts later this month!

[Us Weekly]