CNN Fires Kathy Griffin Over Controversial Anti-Trump Photo Shoot

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
Kathy Griffin will no longer be spending New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper on CNN. The network has fired her over her anti-Donald Trump photo shoot. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kathy Griffin is paying the price for that controversial anti-Trump photo shoot. While the comedian apologized profusely for holding a mock severed “head” — resembling Donald Trump’s — during a photo shoot with provocative shutterbug Tyler Shields, she’s taking a hit where it hurts: her wallet.

CNN announced on Wednesday that it had “fired” the redheaded firecracker from her New Year’s Eve hosting gig, which she’s held for a decade, opposite Anderson Cooper. “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” the network said in a statement.

Cooper had already tweeted that he was “appalled” by the photo, which saw Griffin holding a “head” that looked like the president’s, covered with blood.

While Griffin, 56, faced the music and apologized pretty much immediately following the publication of the photo, that wasn’t good enough for CNN or Trump himself, who called her “sick” in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

Trump also said that his children were “having a hard time” with the photo, especially his 11-year-old son, Barron. (According to TMZ, the boy thought the head really was his dad’s. The story claims that he was “in front of the TV watching a show when the news came on and he saw the bloody image. We’re told that he panicked and screamed, ‘Mommy, Mommy!’”)

Griffin has also lost an endorsement with Squatty Potty over the incident. Company CEO Bobby Edwards, whose product is a toilet footstool designed to allow for better bowel movements (can’t make this stuff up), said he was “shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared” and called it “deeply inappropriate” and “contrary to the core values our company stands for.” Griffin had recently been hired to appear in their ad campaign.

On Tuesday, Griffin apologized in a video shared on social media. She said, “I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line, then I cross it. The image went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue [to do so] … I ask for your forgiveness … taking down the image, gonna ask the photographer to take down the image, and I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake, and I was wrong.”

Apologies can only get you so far, though, as Griffin is learning the hard way.

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