CNN has now confirmed in a Twitter post the decision to fire Kathy Griffin as a New Year’s Eve Correspondent after the Trump beheading photo controversy:
CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 31, 2017
Kathy’s publicity stunt received backlash from both the Left and the Right and many calling for her to be fired:
The fact that you waited this long proves your network endorses the assassination of our president. You are the enemy of the people!!!
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 31, 2017
This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 30, 2017
Yesterday Kathy had also lost an endorsement deal with a footstool company Squatty Potty soon after the Trump severed head went viral:
We have pulled all marketing related to Kathy Griffin, we do not align with her views or actions.
— Squatty Potty® (@squattypotty) May 31, 2017
After reports that Trump’s son Barron was having a “hard time” seeing the images on television his mother questioned Kathy’s mental health:
As a mother, a wife and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. 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.
Kathy’s pleading apology wasn’t enough to save the comedian’s job:
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017