CNN fires Kathy Griffin over offensive Trump photo

Carla Harmon
June 1, 2017

I understand there are going to be people that hate this. It wasn't amusing. I get it. "I think asking for forgiveness and acknowledging that this - this is a awful mistake, and so I think she can [recover]".

For her part, Griffin also apologized in a Twitter post and video yesterday. I've made a lot of mistakes in my career, I will continue to.

Conservatives who slammed the photograph included Trump's eldest son Donald Jr, who runs the family business in NY, and Mitt Romney, the defeated 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

"That photo is very disturbing", First Lady Melania Trump said in a statement. "It is never amusing to joke about killing a president".

"OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever!" she wrote.

Griffin's firing by CNN drew widely divergent reactions, with one Twitter follower, Anand Elgie, calling her termination "over reaction", adding: "she had a bad moment of judgment..."

"I'm merely mocking the Mocker in Chief", Griffin said.

Kathy Griffin's job as co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve broadcast just became the latest casualty of the comic's ill-conceived Trump decapitation photo shoot.

According to CNN, Griffin responded to the accusations.

Griffin has since apologized on Twitter about the photo, writing, "I am sorry".

The apology, however, was apparently not enough for CNN or Trump, for that matter.

CNN said in a previous statement shortly after Griffin posted the video that the network was "pleased" Griffin apologized for the "disgusting and offensive" image.

The 56-year-old comedienne shot a graphic photo with Tyler Shields, which finds her holding up the bloodied head of Trump.

His photos of a bloody, knife-wielding Lindsay Lohan were among his most headline-generating pictures to date.

Tweeting Wednesday morning, he said Griffin "should be ashamed of herself" for creating the video. He has since deleted the photo from his website, per Griffin's request.

Griffin recently starred in an ad campaign for Squatty Potty, a Utah-based company that designs bathroom accessories for families.

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