Talk show titan Wendy Williams took comedian Kathy Griffin to task after Griffin complained of having trouble finding work due to her age.
Griffin dropped by a local news program on KTLA and told the panel of anchors, “I still do not have one single day of paid work ahead of me for the rest of my life. Now you tell me that’s not because I’m a 58-year-old female in comedy.” The declaration was challenged by one of the male anchors, who Griffin quickly shut down by saying, “You should know your stats.” Griffin posted the clip of the incident on Twitter with the caption, “Every once in a while, Momma has to get a little savage.”
Williams also took issue with the controversial comedian’s view on her recent career woes. The host cited a much-publicized incident that pitted Griffin against President Donald Trump in 2017 as the reason she’s having trouble finding work. Griffin posed for a series of photos where she held a bloodied, decapitated head resembling the president. The uproar led to cancellations of future tour dates and a teary apology from the comedian.
“What I think Kathy is not reckoning in her own mind is — and Kathy, I told you this behind the scenes and maybe in front of the scenes — you went too far with the bloody Trump head. You went too far with that,” said Williams.
Williams conceded that Hollywood does seem to write off women after a certain age, saying, “I get what she means.” She added, “We women seem to have an expiration date, particularly depending on the career that you have.” Williams also offered Griffin words of encouragement, telling her to “keep going, girl,” but added, “But you’ve got to take some blame for the things that have happened to you. I’m sorry, Kathy. That’s the way I feel.”