Kathy Griffin says CNN boss Jeff Zucker CUT her $80,000 salary by $20,000 for the network's NYE special because he was 'offended' when she asked for a pay bump

  • Comedian Kathy Griffin claims CNN president Jeff Zucker cut her salary after she had asked for a raise days before the network's NYE special
  • Griffin said she was doing more of the prep work than her co-host, Anderson Cooper and deserved more than her $80,000 contract 
  • Griffin said Zucker 'got very offended' when she asked for the raise
  • She said Zucker fired her and then rehired her with a 20 percent pay cut 
  • Griffin began co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve special in 2009
  • She was terminated by the network in 2017 after she posed with a prop depicting then-President Trump's severed head

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Kathy Griffin has claimed that CNN president Jeff Zucker 'got very offended' when she asked for a raise just days before the network's New Year's Eve special in 2016 and fired her - but then turned around and rehired her with a slashed salary.

Griffin, 61, told the The New York Times that she contacted Zucker 10 days before the New Year's Eve special and explained that she was 'carrying more of the prep work' than CNN co-host Anderson Cooper and deserved more than her $80,000 contract. 

Zucker 'got very offended,' she said.   

'He started yelling at me and he literally said something like, 'Who do you think you are calling here demanding a raise?' And then something came over me. And I just lost it. I just started screaming. I'm Kathy [beep!] Griffin, Jeff, that's who I am,' Griffin told the Times.

Griffin's response was perceived by Zucker as a threat to bail on the show, and in a call to Griffin's lawyer, she was fired. 

Griffin told the Times she called Zucker again, this time begging him to take her back. She was rehired, but her pay had been slashed by 20 percent. 

Kathy Griffin  told the Times that she contacted CNN boss Jeff Zucker 10 days before the New Year's Eve special and explained that she was 'carrying more of the prep work' than CNN co-host Anderson Cooper and deserved more than her $80,000 contract

Zucker told the Times this month that he has long supported Griffin's career, but called her demand for a raise so close to New Year's Eve 'completely out of line.'

Griffin said Zucker 'got very offended' when she asked for a raise just days before the network's New Year's Eve special in 2016 and fired her -- but then turned around and rehired her with a slashed salary 

Zucker told the Times this month that he has long supported Griffin's career, but called her demand for a raise so close to New Year's Eve 'completely out of line.'    

'It sounds like she is acknowledging that, insofar as Kathy Griffin acknowledges she has ever done anything wrong,' he told the Times. 

CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.

Griffin, who began hosting CNN's New Year's Eve special in 2009, was ultimately fired by the network in 2017 after she posed expressionless with a prop depicting then-President Trump's severed head, which is slathered in fake blood.  

The controversial image, which was taken by photographer Tyler Shields and posted by Griffin on social media in 2017, faced condemnation from across the political spectrum. 

'I caption this 'there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his...wherever,'' she said of the shoot from photographer Tyler Shields. 

Within 30 minutes of the image being posted on social media, it appeared on TMZ with the headline, 'Kathy Griffin Beheads President Trump.' 

Griffin was fired from CNN the next day and hundreds of her upcoming shows were canceled.  

Comedian Kathy Griffin lamented during ABC's The View on Thursday what she called "a double standard" because she had been canned by CNN after her infamous 2017 picture of her holding a fake decapitated head of then-President Donald Trump, yet the network kept its chief legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, following his masturbation scandal last year

Griffin said she even received death threats from Trump supporters in its aftermath, saying she was approached by a man with a knife, leading to her having metal detectors installed at her home. 

'I wasn't canceled,' Griffin told the Times a few days after she 'hate-watched' Cooper and Andy Cohen, the new co-host of the New Year's Eve show the following year. 'I was erased.'

Even though she began touring as a comedian last year after losing several gigs as a result of the controversy, Griffin now says that she was still suffering on the inside. 

Griffin, who is not hurting for money with a net worth of $50 million, said she just wants to get back to her work - and making people laugh. 

'I just want to get back to making people laugh,' she told the Times. 'More than anything else, that's what has been robbed from me.'

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