CNN fires Kathy Griffin over her controversial Trump photo shoot
New Year’s Eve 2017 is going to be different on CNN this year.
The cable network’s annual show, New Year’s Eve Live, co-hosted for almost the past 10 years by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and comedian Kathy Griffin, will no longer include Griffin.
CNN announced her firing Wednesday morning a day after she was pictured in a photo shoot with a bloody beheaded Donald Trump art piece.
CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 31, 2017
Griffin had apologized for the photo after conservatives and liberals alike derided the gruesome display. Her co-host, Cooper, had vehemently called out the photo shoot and Griffin’s participation.
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 31, 2017
The graphic image is below:
CNN’s announcement came hours after Donald Trump called out Griffin for the “sick!” photo that upset his children. Donald Trump Jr. had specifically tweeted at CNN to drop Griffin from its programming.
Griffin deleted the photos from her Twitter and her explanation defending the work, which she said had been shot by photographer Tyler Shields. Last week he had hinted at the work with this tweet:
She tweeted Tuesday, “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.”
The CEO of Squatty Potty, a toilet stool known for its over-the-top ads, decided Tuesday night to suspend a new ad campaign starring Griffin. The CEO said in a statement the suspension demonstrates the company’s “commitment to a culture of decency, civility and tolerance.”
The fallout continues.