Celebrity·Posted on Mar 19, 2022Kathy Griffin Said She Thinks Dave Chappelle Is "Just A Transphobic Guy" After Backlash Against His Netflix Special "The Closer""I don't think Dave is running around harming gays."by Larry FitzmauriceBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Last year, Dave Chappelle drew widespread criticism for transphobic comments he made in his most recent Netflix special, The Closer. Netflix employees walked out in protest, and a trans employee was fired during that time, too. Samir Hussein / WireImage / Getty Images Several celebrities weighed in at the time. Jay-Z said, "If you spend time with him, he's brilliant," while Channing Tatum called him "a dangerous person to talk about at the moment." Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Randy Holmes / ABC via Getty Images Now, Kathy Griffin has offered her take. Rb / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images / Getty Images In an interview on The New York Times' Sway podcast, the comedian stated that she believes Chappelle is "just a transphobic guy." Tibrina Hobson / Getty Images “I love Dave, and I think he’s a genius,” she said. “I just think that he’s also transphobic.” Priscilla Grant / Everett Collection “I think Dave is just a transphobic guy," she continued, before clarifying that she didn't think he's "trans-bashing" or "running around harming gays.", Tim Nwachukwu / Getty Images Griffin also offered an explanation for why her "trans friends" were hurt by Chappelle's comments. Kristy Sparow / Getty Images "They’re saying to me, ‘How can this guy be a Black guy whose — you know, his heart beats for George Floyd, as it should, but when it comes to us, he doesn’t even — he doesn’t get it," she said. Sean Rayford / Getty Images "Like, he just keeps making a joke." Evelyn Hockstein / The Washington Post via Getty Images Earlier this year, Chappelle signed a deal to host and produce four new comedy specials for Netflix, so we'll see what he has to say in the future. Alex Edelman / AFP via Getty Images Listen to the entire interview here. If you or someone you know has experienced anti-LGBTQ violence or harassment, you can contact the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs hotline at 1-212-714-1141.