Kathy Griffin Rips Reporter for Comparing Her to Bill Cosby, Louis CK

“My Life on the D-List” alum doesn’t like being lumped in with “a convicted rapist”

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There was a time when being compared to Bill Cosby and Louis C.K. would be a high compliment for a comedian. But the times have clearly changed, as Kathy Griffin demonstrated on Friday.

“My Life on the D-List” alum Griffin, who’s currently engaged in a tour after suffering career fallout for posing with what appeared to be the decapitated head of President Donald Trump last year, went off on a reporter for comparing her to Bill Cosby, Al Franken and Louis C.K., who have also recently found themselves in hot water, though for considerably different reasons.

Griffin’s Twitter wrath was directed at Denver Post writer John Wenzel, who interviewed the comedian ahead of her Aug. 22 performance in Denver.

However, it apparently wasn’t the interview itself that angered Griffin, but rather a tweet that Wenzel posted linking to the interview.

The tweet, which Wenzel deleted but preserved via a screen grab in a subsequent apology to Griffin, read in part, “We are now at a place, regardless of politics, where @kathygriffin gets to come back but Bill Cosby, Al Franken, Louis C.K. etc. do not.”

Griffin didn’t appreciate the comparison to the trio, who have all been hit with sexual misconduct scandals recently.

“You’re putting me in the same tweet as a convicted rapist, a guy accused by 8 women of groping, and a guy who jerked off in front of women without their consent @johnwenzel?” Griffin wrote. “I took one photo with a halloween mask covered in ketchup.”

In another tweet, Griffin opined that “women are less valuable than men” to Wenzel.

“Reporters ask for my story and I tell them honestly. This misogyny has been with me my entire career since I was 18 years old and did my first TV commercial,” Griffin wrote. “I don’t know @johnwenzel’s background. I just know how he feels about women. That women are less valuable than men.”

In a subsequent tweet, which Griffin retweeted, Wenzel indicated that he had deleted the offending tweet “after consulting with my editors.” Wenzel included a screen shot of the original tweet, as well as an apology to Griffin for his “hasty, careless tweet.”

“I sincerely apologize for making a false equivalence in this hasty, careless tweet about my @kathygriffin interview, which I have deleted after consulting with my editors,” Wenzel wrote.

Read the exchange below.