On January 14th, 2024, Kathy Griffin, the 63-year-old comedian and outspoken Hollywood personality, filed for divorce from her husband Randy Bick in Los Angeles County Superior Court. This news comes amid reports that Griffin sought comfort from fellow liberal celebrity Jane Fonda as she navigates this difficult time.
Griffin Leans on Fonda
Griffin took to social media on Sunday to post a photo of herself posing with 86-year-old Fonda, captioned with a heartwrenching message about her recent struggles. “My girlfriends are going to get me through this,” she wrote. “Last night I had to use the bat phone. Me… ‘Fonda, it’s Griffin. My heart is broken. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep.’ Jane… ‘Come on over kid. I’ll make you something. You’ll eat and I’ll listen.’” This post quickly attracted comments and support from fans and fellow celebrities, including the likes of Debra Messing and Kristin Chenoweth.
Griffin Files For Divorce
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Griffin cited “irreconcilable differences” in the divorce filing, and requested that the court honor the prenuptial agreement signed by her and Bick on New Year’s Day 2020. This date is significant, as it would have marked their four-year wedding anniversary. The divorce filing also asked for the court to terminate its ability to award spousal support to both parties.
Griffin had previously been married to actor Matt Moline from 2001 to 2006, and began dating Bick in 2011. After five years together, the couple married in a ceremony officiated by Fonda’s “Grace & Frankie” co-star Lily Tomlin. Speaking to People Magazine in 2016, Griffin expressed her surprise that this relationship lasted as long as it did, given the significant 18-year age gap.
Bick Was Griffin’s Manager
This news comes after a turbulent few years for Griffin, who has been working to revitalize her comedy career. After a five-year hiatus, she performed a sold-out show in Las Vegas in June 2023. In an Instagram post following the performance, she declared that she no longer has an agent, manager, or publicist, and that her husband now serves as her tour manager.
Griffin stirred controversy in 2017 when she participated in a photoshoot in which she held a simulated severed head of then-President Donald Trump. This scandal cast a long shadow over her career, as she is still discussing the backlash to this day.
Fonda, also known for her liberal and progressive activism, has long been an ally of Griffin, proving herself to be a steadfast supporter. It is perhaps no surprise then that Griffin turned to the 86-year-old actress in her time of need.
The divorce filing and Griffin’s social media post point to a tumultuous start to the year for the comedian. As she navigates the end of her marriage, she can rest assured that she has the unwavering support of fans and fellow celebrities. It remains to be seen how this divorce will affect her career and personal life moving forward. Stay tuned for more updates as this story continues to unfold.