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CNN fires Kathy Griffin over Gruesome Photo with “beheaded” Trump


CNN fires Kathy Griffin over Gruesome Photo with “beheaded” Trump


Kathy Griffin’s contract with CNN was terminated after she sparked controversy with a video clip she tweeted depicting her carrying a mock decapitated head that resembled President Donald Trump.


“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” CNN said in a statement.


The announcement was revealed by the news network’s Communications Department in a tweet.



The network had used even harsher words the day before: “We found what she did disgusting and offensive,” Sheetrit said in a statement to USA TODAY on Tuesday night. “We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down.”


“I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far, “she said in an Instagram video shared later. “I made a mistake and I was wrong.”


Shields, who is notorious for breaking the boundaries of his photography, posted the pictures on Tuesday morning and was quickly chastised on social media.


Griffin said she begged Shields to remove the pictures, admitting that they were “too disturbing.”


Griffin’s spokesperson said she would have no further statement beyond the apology video she released on Tuesday.


Since 2007, Griffin has co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage alongside Anderson Cooper.


Cooper would not justify his co-behavior. “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in,” he tweeted Tuesday night. “It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”


During the countdown to the ball drop, the rapport between Cooper and the volatile Griffin was a hot topic on social media.


Griffin “should be ashamed of herself,” Trump wrote in a post about the picture early Wednesday.


“My children, especially my 11-year-old son Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”


Griffin shared a brief video clip on Twitter on Tuesday showing herself lifting a bloodied head that resembled Trump’s. She also clarified that she did not advocate brutality and was “merely mocking the Mocker in Chief,” in a follow-up post.


Melania Trump, the first lady, also described the picture as “very disturbing.”


“As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing,” she said. “When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”


The picture was labeled “vile and wrong” by Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Trump’s one-time campaign foe Hillary Clinton.


“It is never funny to joke about killing a president,” she tweeted.


Griffin was later fired from two more jobs. Wednesday: The comedian’s planned July 22 appearance at a casino in New Mexico was canceled, and Squatty Potty, a family-owned Utah firm, fired her from a newly confirmed endorsement gig, marketing their toilet stools.


Griffin’s behavior, according to Squatty Potty CEO Bobby Edwards, has left the group “shocked and disappointed.” “In response, Squatty Potty has suspended its ad campaign featuring Ms. Griffin. We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance.”


Griffin’s video was released at a period when there was growing concern over the country’s partisan divide devolving into violence. Greg Gianforte, a Republican nominee for Congress in Montana, was charged with misdemeanor assault last week after a Guardian reporter said he “body slammed” him while attempting to pose a question regarding healthcare. After winning his race, Gianforte apologised to the reporter.


The bloody picture sparked outrage on social media, diverting focus away from Trump’s planned declaration of intentions to pull the US out of the Paris climate deal, which took place in November.


Prior to CNN officially withdrawing Griffin from its New Year’s Eve lineup, Donald Trump Jr. had used his Twitter account to remark, “Squatty Potty pulls the plug on #KathyGriffin but @CNN still ‘evaluating’ and weighing their options. Insane what’s going on there!!!”


He later explained his comment, saying, “Apologies for my last tweet. I didn’t mean to group Squatty Potty (with) @CNN. Obviously, one of them has moral/ethical standards.”


Republicans are pinning their hopes on Griffin’s stunt, slamming not just her but also those connected with her. Senator Al Franken is one of them (D-Minn.). He, like other politicians and celebrities, criticized Griffin’s video, telling CNN, “I think she did the right thing, and asking for forgiveness and acknowledging … this was a horrible mistake.”


Griffin can be heard laughing with Shields about moving to Mexico after the pictures were released in a behind-the-scenes video uploaded by Shields that has since been deleted.


“We’re not surviving this, okay?” she says.

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