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TV Critic’s Corner

Kathy Griffin is coming back into public eye

Kathy Griffin will appear on “The President Show” Tuesday night on Comedy Central.
Kathy Griffin will appear on “The President Show” Tuesday night on Comedy Central.Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Last May, Kathy Griffin was unfairly excommunicated from the church of pop culture. Her crime: posing in a photograph that depicted her holding President Trump’s severed head. The violence of the image was condemned by all sides, and in particular by the right, some of whom had already been attacked for deploying violent imagery. President Trump tweeted that she “should be ashamed of herself.” Ultimately, Griffin was interviewed by the Secret Service over the photo shoot, some of her live shows were canceled, and she was fired from her job cohosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special with Anderson Cooper.

Now Griffin is working her way back into the public eye, including a recent appearance on “Real Time With Bill Maher.” Her forthcoming show at Carnegie Hall sold out in a day. She has said she will attend the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in April as a guest of the Washington Blade. And Tuesday night at 11, Griffin will appear —as Kellyanne Conway, she of the “alternative facts” — in a special hourlong episode of “The President Show” on Comedy Central.

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The episode is a faux fund-raiser called Make America Great-a-thon, and she will appear alongside Anthony Atamanuik’s Trump and Peter Grosz’s Mike Pence. About Griffin’s photograph, Atamanuik wisely told The New York Times, “I don’t see that as a capital offense by any means. I know we spend a lot of time talking about the Second Amendment, but there’s the one before it that’s really important. The notion that a person’s career would be defined by one action they take is, to me, crazy.”


Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.