For a decade, CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin was a must watch for many people who were ringing in the new year. But, even though they worked together for years, when Cooper’s mother Gloria Vanderbilt passed away earlier this week, Griffin failed to mention Cooper in her online tribute to the railroad heiress.
Vanderbilt died on Monday, June 17th at the age of 95, and when the news broke, Griffin tweeted that she had lost a friend who she loved very much. The comedian revealed that the socialite allowed her to call her “Glo Vandi,” and she was flattered when Vanderbilt referred to her as her daughter.
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I lost a friend today. The one and only Gloria Vanderbilt. I loved her so much. She let me call her “Glo Vandi” and I would be so flattered when she would refer to me as her daughter. When we would have our alone time, we would sit on this sofa and talk for hours. No topic was ever off-limits and believe it or not I would even shut up for a while because, oh the life that woman lived. I’d always plan on wearing something ridiculous to get her to laugh from the moment she opened the door. She would invite me to a book event, where I know I would be surrounded with so many intellectuals, I would always get overdressed and try to learn a new big word for the occasion! The dinner parties! I was so thrilled to be invited and spend more time with her. Often at these events I would be quite intimidated and Glo knew what to do. She would stop the conversation and say “Kaaaathy, WHAT is going on with the Lohans?” She would open up about her early life. The trauma she went through as a little girl & a grown woman. The ups, downs of her life. Her candor was extraordinary. I have no photos of those private conversations. “Kathy, there’s always more and we’re never done”. I love you Glo💔
“When we would have our alone time, we would sit on this sofa and talk for hours,” wrote Griffin.
While the 58-year-old made her love for Vanderbilt very clear, she failed to mention Cooper, her former best friend. Cooper and Griffin were very close for years, but when the news network cut ties with Griffin in 2017 after she posted a pic of herself holding a replica of Donald Trump’s severed head, Griffin and Cooper had a falling out.
Instead of defending Kathy Griffin, Cooper called the photo “clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.” Griffin said that the scandal “broke” her career, and she couldn’t believe her friend didn’t have her back, calling him “the spineless heiress.”
Vanderbilt – a fashion legend – died on Monday after a battle with stomach cancer. The next day she was laid to rest at a private family cemetery in Staten Island, New York, and Cooper was there to pay his final respects to the woman who he loved and adored.
In the HBO documentary Nothing Left Unsaid, Vanderbilt explained that her end-of-life plan was to be buried with her husband Wyatt Cooper, and next to her son, Carter Cooper, who died in 1988 at the age of 23.
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In the end, after all else is stripped away, there is only love. My mom believed in love more than anyone. It was her guide, her solace, it’s what drove her, and in her final moments, it is what surrounded her. “i love you, you know that,” she would say to me, and i did, i knew it from the moment i was born, and i will know it till the moment i die. It was her greatest gift to me.
As soon as the news broke of her passing, CNN aired an eight-minute tribute to Vanderbilt that Cooper voiced. The 52-year-old talked about his mother’s extraordinary life, including her “poor little rich girl” childhood where she was the subject of a nasty custody battle between her mother and aunt, and her iconic career that gave us Gloria Vanderbilt jeans in the 1980s.
Anderson Cooper said in an Instagram post that he has known since the moment he was born that his mother loved him very much, and that was her greatest gift to him.