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CNN Fires Kathy Griffin From New Year's Program

01 June 2017

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have condemned comedian Kathy Griffin's recent photoshoot that showed her holding president's dummy head.

CNN did not make clear whether it was cutting its New Year's Eve deal with Griffin for just the upcoming 2017 broadcast or for good.

Also unlike O'Reilly, Griffin publicly apologized amid an onslaught of criticism and arguments that her stunt went too far. "It wasn't amusing. I get it", she said, adding that she was seeking to have the images taken down from social media. I understand how it offends people, it wasn't amusing, I get it. Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" comedian, said he would not cancel his appearance with Griffin - who deleted the photo and asked the person who took it to do the same. "We are evaluating New Year's Eve and have made no decisions at this point".

CNN, where Griffin has co-hosted a New Year's Eve programme since 2007, initially called the picture "disgusting and offensive".

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Griffin issued an apology for the photos after facing backlash online, saying the photo shoot, which she originally described as an "artsy-fartsy statement" mocking the commander in chief, was "too disturbing" and wasn't amusing. "My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, has experienced a severe shock from this", he said. Then the fantasy of assassinating a president was art, as Griffin described her photo shoot. The company, who make toilet accessories, have also removed an ad campaign featuring Griffin from their website. But reports of what she said drew fire from many, including Catholic League President Bill Donohue, who called it a "vulgar, in-your-face brand of hate speech".

Tweeting Wednesday morning, he said Griffin "should be ashamed of herself" for creating the video.

The VFW - the oldest war veterans organization - is condemning Kathy's "incredibly revolting attack on the President of the United States". and does NOT accept her apology.

Griffin faced immediate backlash for her role in the photo shoot and issued a lengthy apology video hours after the pictures were released, where she admitted that she felt she'd "crossed the line".

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Chief executive Bobby Edwards said in a statement: "We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance".

"She knew she wasn't attempting to be amusing. I ask for your forgiveness".

Indeed, in the nearly two years since Trump entered the presidential race, many seemingly unmovable boundaries have been breached and redrawn.

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CNN Fires Kathy Griffin From New Year's Program