CNN cuts ties with Kathy Griffin after controversial Trump video
CNN terminated Kathy Griffin from its New Year’s Eve coverage after the comedian appeared in a video holding what looked like President Donald Trump’s bloody, severed head.
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 hosted the New Year’s Eve show on CNN with Anderson Cooper.
Griffin apologized for the polarizing turn of events, which was publicized online on Tuesday. In a video statement on social media, she said she had asked Shields to take down the photos.
“I beg for your forgiveness,” Griffin said in the 30-second clip. “I went too far.”
Griffin also tweeted: “I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.”
Trump tweeted his displeasure with the video earlier Wednesday.
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