On McCain’s last Monday on The View — she recently announced she was leaving the hit daytime talker — the ladies kicked off the show talking about Kathy Griffin’s shocking revelations that she's been diagnosed with lung cancer and quietly dealt with painkiller addiction. (Griffin will discuss both topics in an interview on ABC News' Nightline set to air at 12:35 a.m. ET on ABC.)
While the other women acknowledged the 60-year-old comedian has made terrible jokes in the past, they wished her well. However, McCain let an old grudge slip and declared that she doesn’t care for Griffin.
“Well first, I just wanna say it’s terrible and very scary to be diagnosed with cancer, and it’s very tragic to hear of her having an opioid addiction,” McCain said on Monday. “Both things have hit my family very hard, and it’s just horrific to go through as someone who’s a bystander, let alone actually going through it yourself. So, you know, my heart goes out to her in that way, and I hope for a very speedy recovery.”
Then, McCain slammed Griffin for a joke she made nearly two decades ago at the expense of one of her friends. “My issue with Kathy Griffin is — I’m gonna name drop — Clay Aiken is one of my closest friends in the entire world. He’s ostensibly my brother. She made very, very, very cruel and homophobic jokes about him before he was out of the closet,” the controversial daughter of late Senator John McCain continued. “We have to go back to like 2002, 2003, when that was still acceptable. He is a very strong person, and has a very strong constitution, and he has said himself that he is one of the last people you can make homophobic jokes about and it’s still socially acceptable.”
The 36-year-old outspoken conservative then demanded an apology from the My Life on the D-List star, saying that the American Idol alum himself could have become a drug addict due to the intense bullying he endured from Griffin and others.
“I think he’s lucky he didn’t end up becoming an opioid addict, given the degree of bullying that happened to him when he was still struggling to come out of the closet. You can just go on YouTube and see a lot of the jokes that she made about him — and other comedians, but she really led it — so I would love to hear an apology, if she’s doing this kind of soul searching, for what could’ve happened with my good friend. I don’t like her, I’m never gonna like her for all the jokes she made about Clay.”
As OK! previously reported, the A Hell of a Story author revealed her heartbreaking diagnosis via social media on Monday, August 2, detailing that she was about to undergo surgery, but assured her fans that she would be just fine.
“I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer. I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed," she said in a statement posted to Twitter and Instagram. “Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!" Despite the scary diagnosis, Griffin said the "doctors are very optimistic" since "it is stage one and contained to [her] left lung."