CNN fires Kathy Griffin from their NYE program

Claudine Rigal
Juin 1, 2017

U.S. television network CNN on Wednesday fired a comedian from its annual New Year's Eve coverage after she provoked outrage for being photographed holding up a prop depicting Donald Trump's bloodied severed head.

"My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this", the president tweeted Wednesday morning.

Griffin has apologized for the photos, taken by provocative celebrity photographer Tyler Shields. "I move the line, then I cross the line", she said in a video post. "I think asking for forgiveness and acknowledging that this, this was a frightful mistake". "I crossed the line", she said. "I made a mistake and I was wrong". I'm merely mocking the Mocker in Chief. Minnesota GOP chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan called on Franken to cancel his appearance with the controversial comedian.

"The image is too disturbing", she says.

The comedian joked with Shields in a behind-the-scenes video of their photo shoot released by TMZ Tuesday about the image's ramifications.

"We're not surviving this, okay?" she said in the footage.

"We were shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared today, it was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for". The image is too disturbing; I understand how it offends people.

In light of the images, Squatty Potty, a line of footstools for toilets, pulled from air a new ad campaign starring Griffin.

Griffin had appeared with Anderson Cooper on CNN's popular New Years Eve broadcast several times over the last decade. "Neither of them felt comfortable with having her back, so that sealed it. Anderson likes Kathy, and Jeff liked the awkward dynamic between the two, but she was always polarizing".

The network had said earlier it was "evaluating" its New Year's Eve coverage and called the picture "disgusting and offensive". We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance.

For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in.

The backlash prompted Griffin to tweet a video of herself apologizing.

"I won't pretend to be outraged by the Kathy Griffin thing, but I will continue to be outraged by the blatant double standard it represents", Alex Griswold, a reporter at the conservative Washington Free Beacon, wrote.

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