Kathy Griffin has spoken about how the controversial picture of her holding President Trump's decapitated head has helped her shape her comedy.

Kathy Griffin has spoken about how the controversial picture of her holding President Trump’s decapitated head has helped her shape her comedy.

Speaking to Vic Gerami and published on THEGAYUK.com, Kathy Griffin has spoken how the photo and the ensuing outcry taught her to be “fearless”.

The gay icon recently won the Comedian of The Year award from the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival and she revealed that the award was truly meaningful to her.

She said, “What a difference a year makes! This award is so meaningful to me because I have spent decades truly trying to hone my craft and being the very best comedian, actress and improviser I can be. After my Trump mask scandal, I learned very quickly that I simply had to up my game with my material and be truly fearless about it”

Kathy, says that after the photo scandal her year has been a “slow and laborious clawback”.  The comedian revealed that she had been through an FBI investigation and put on the US’s “No fly list”.

Asked if she’d change anything from the last year, Kathy said, “I would do many things differently! I think it is hilarious when celebrities jump to the “I wouldn’t change a thing” B.S.

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“This experience, which started with a photo amplified on TMZ, to Federal agencies investigating me, and being put on the “No Fly List” as if I am a terrorist, is so over the top I had to make many missteps to try to figure my own way out of this unique and historic situation. Looking back, I am probably most grateful that I ultimately listened to my inner comedy gut and decided to basically put my middle finger in the air and get back on the road”.