Kathy Griffin says she 'begged' for recent role after Trump photo fallout
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Comedian Kathy Griffin says in a new interview that she was "begging" for roles when the showrunner of "You" agreed to let her appear in a limited speaking role for a guest appearance on the TV series.

Griffin told USA Today that she contacted showrunner Greg Berlanti directly, as she is no longer represented by an agent, and asked for "five lines on something that would be seen by people that had nothing to do with Trump."

"I straight up was just begging for five lines on something that would be seen by people that had nothing to do with Trump — nothing that was controversial," Griffin told the news outlet, adding, "[Berlanti] called me up, he was so nice he said, you know he's a gay guy, he said 'You know Kathy after all you've done for the community, all these decades I'm happy to do this for you.'"


She added that Berlanti gave her room to make creative decisions with her guest appearance playing herself, letting her experience some normality after facing broad fallout for posing for a photo in 2017 in which she holds a decapitated prop head made to look like President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE. The incident led to her firing from a years-long commitment to host CNN's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" with Anderson Cooper.

"It was a day where I got to be on planet normal," she said of filming the episode. "It was just such a fantastic gift."

"While the picture has caused me a lot of duress it's also made me global, everybody knows the crazy red-haired lady from the photo," she added. "It has made me more fearless and I really feel strongly that whoever comes at me, they have to understand I've prevailed against the president of the United States."

Griffin told Hill.TV in 2018 that the controversial photo helped her career overseas, claiming at the time that it had led to more gigs in Europe and Australia.

"Believe it or not, the picture that almost took me down is the picture that allowed me to tour globally for the first time," she said at the time. "I mean, I played Reykjavik, Iceland. I sold out the Sydney Opera House. I sold out the London Palladium. I played Helsinki, of all places."