It was a difficult Christmas for anti-Trump comedian Kathy Griffin, as she filed for divorce from her husband, Randy Peck, a marketing executive 18 years her junior, after nearly four years of marriage. On Sunday, Griffin ran to fellow radical liberal Hollywood personality Jane Fonda for comfort in the wake of the split.
Griffin leans on Fonda
Griffin, 63, took to social media on Sunday to post a photo of herself with Fonda, 86.
“My girlfriends will get through this,” Griffin wrote in the caption. “Last night I had to use the bat phone. I'm… 'Fonda, I'm Griffin.' My heart is broken. I can't eat, I can't sleep.”
“Jane…” Come on, kid. I will make something for you. “You'll eat while I listen,” she added.
Celebrities flocked to the comments section of the post to offer their support to Griffin.
“Oh Kathy,” wrote former “Will & Grace” actress Debra Messing, another star known for her extreme liberal views. “You are loved and supported and you will emerge from this difficult chapter in life stronger. You are a survivor. I am so sorry you are hurting. I wish I could take it away.”
“You. Will. Get. Through it,” actress Kristin Chenoweth wrote, and singer Carnie Wilson added: “I'm so sorry you're hurting. How wonderful to have the support you're going to have through this. I promise, baby.”
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Griffin files for divorce
Griffin cited “irreconcilable differences” when she filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court last month, setting a separation date of December 22, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She asked the court to enforce the “prenuptial agreement” she and Beck signed before their marriage in the early hours of New Year's Day in 2020, and to end the court's ability to award spousal support to both parties.
Griffin previously gushed about her wedding, which was officiated by Fonda's “Grace & Frankie” co-star, Lily Tomlin.
“The entire ceremony took less than 14 minutes,” Griffin said at the time. “We promised you extraordinary. We are in love and can't stop laughing.”
Griffin was previously married to actor Matt Mullen from 2001 until their divorce in 2006. She started dating Beck in 2011, but it took years until they decided to tie the knot.
“Well, you know I didn't think this would last [because] He's 18 years younger than me! Griffin told People magazine in 2016 about her relationship with Beck. “We've been together for five years now, and we've had a great time, and he's very nice and very humble. He's like a regular guy, you know, he's like a real guy. He's not like a Hollywood guy.”
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Beck was Griffin's manager
In June of 2023, Griffin played a sold-out show in Las Vegas, Nevada, her first in five years.
“Guys, I'm so grateful for this audience. I still can't get over this. My first show in five long years! I don't have an agent, manager or publicist anymore,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. My husband is my tour manager and I negotiated the deal myself.
“No agreement has been reached for a special or live broadcast, but the show is sold out due to real, live people appearing!” she added. “After an international political scandal and surviving lung cancer, I finally felt at home.”
The “international political scandal” Griffin refers to is the infamous 2017 photo shoot she took part in in which she posed with a simulation of the severed head of then-US President Donald Trump. In the years that followed, Griffin tried to play the victim in the scandal as if it were her job, complaining about the backlash she received for it seemingly every chance she got.
In the end, we're not surprised that Griffin and Jane Fonda's Hanoi are two peas in a pod. Hopefully they'll keep each other company and leave the rest of us alone for a change!
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