On Tuesday, a violent photo of Kathy Griffin holding a mock severed head of President Donald Trump sparked controversy after it made its debut on the internet.
The photo was taken by photographer Tyler Shields, and there was video footage of the shoot. Griffin quickly apologised for the photo on social media, saying, “I went too far.”
In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, CNN announced that Griffin will no longer cohost “New Year’s Eve Live” alongside co-host Anderson Cooper.
Griffin started cohosting the program with Cooper in 2007. The program airs live from New York City’s Times Square.
Toilet stool company Sqautty Potty also dropped Griffin in the aftermath of the reactions to the image. She made an appearance in one commercial for the brand, and was never a spokesperson.
Both CNN and Cooper condemned Griffin’s Trump photo. Cooper said he was “appalled” by the images.
CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 31, 2017
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
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