Kathy Griffin won’t be ringing in the new year with Anderson Cooper
After a decade, CNN cut ties with Griffin following the release of her artwork depicting a bloodied replica of President Donald Trump’s head.
“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” the network’s communications team announced Wednesday in a tweet.
The First Family’s released their first comments, blasting the comedienne for her distasteful depiction of the commander-in-chief.
“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” Trump tweeted.
First Lady Melania echoed similar sentiments.
“When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it,” the statement read.
According to TMZ, Barron freaked out over the image and was under the impression that the gory image was real.
“He’s 11. He doesn’t know who Kathy Griffin is and the head she was holding resembled his dad,” one source said.
Following the backlash — including a launched investigation by the Secret Service — Griffin apologized.
“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong,” she tweeted.
A video accompanied the tweet, where the 54-year-old comedienne continued to offer her apologies.
“I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction to these images,” she said. “I’m a comic. I crossed the line.”
She continued, “I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue. I ask your forgiveness.
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
“Taking down the image. I am going to ask the photographer to take down the image. And I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong.”
While Griffin looks to mend her public persona, an ad campaign with Squatty Potty featuring Griffin was halted.
“We were shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared today, it was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for. In response, Squatty Potty has suspended its ad campaign featuring Ms. Griffin,” CEO Bobby Edwards said in a statement. “We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance.”