Twenty-six hours after a photo of comedienne Kathy Griffin posing with a severed and bloodied prop head of President Trump was published, CNN has finally fired Griffin. The announcement was made on Twitter Wednesday afternoon by the network.
CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program.— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 31, 2017
The disturbing image drew outrage from people on both the Right and the Left. The Secret Service is even investigating “the circumstances surrounding the photo shoot.”
According to a report from TMZ, a distressed Barron Trump thought the photograph was real. President Trump said Wednesday that Kathy Griffin “should be ashamed of herself.”
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
CNN was criticized by many, including Donald Trump Jr., for taking too long to cut ties with Griffin.
Griffin apologized for the photoshoot Tuesday evening. But the controversy has ended several of Griffin’s business relationships, including a commercial for Squatty Potty that was terminated and a performance at an Albuquerque casino that was cancelled.
Since CNN has fired her as well, she will no longer appear alongside Anderson Cooper for the network’s New Year’s program.
Good riddance. It was unwatchable anyway.
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