Kathy Griffin: 'I wish I could tour in the US without getting shot'

Comedian Kathy Griffin says that she has been welcomed abroad, but wishes she could go on a tour in the U.S. "without getting shot."

“They were thrilled to have someone come over and make fun of Trump,” said Griffin, who recently finished up a 15-country world tour, during an interview with Politico published Wednesday.

“I wish I could tour in the U.S. without getting shot — I know I can’t. I was in the middle of a 50-city tour when the tweet happened. It was canceled in 24 hours.”


Griffin faced widespread backlash earlier this year after she posted a controversial photo posing with a fake decapitated head resembling President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE.

The president at the time weighed in on the controversy, tweeting that Griffin should be "ashamed of herself" and that his children were having a "hard time" with it.

Griffin apologized but in the fallout had multiple shows canceled and was fired as co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve coverage.

Griffin told Politico that Trump's Twitter feed is the "greatest programming director ever."

"The minute he tweeted that tweet about me, it was literally breaking news on every channel," she said.

She accused Trump of using her as a "tool" to distract from "his bad news of the day."

“After that, I had to go offline because of the death threats,” she said. “He didn’t use my handle in his tweet, so he didn’t have my followers coming after him.”

Still, she said her answer is to "keep producing funny stuff."

“My YouTube [channel] is lit. I really do have a real story to tell. In my live act, I talk about the interrogation with the feds and how everybody turned on me on every platform," she said.

"I still can’t tweet a picture of my new puppies without getting all hateful responses in broken English.”