CNN Fires Kathy Griffin After Photo Shoot Backlash

“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” the network announced Wednesday on Twitter.

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A spokesperson for the network called the photos “disgusting and offensive” on Tuesday.

Griffin has co-hosted CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” with Anderson Cooper since 2007. Cooper disavowed Griffin’s actions, calling them “disgusting.”

“For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate,” Cooper wrote Tuesday on Twitter. Fellow anchor Jake Tapper also condemned the image.

Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to call for the network to drop Griffin as a commentator shortly after the image went viral.

“Dear CNN, I must have missed your statement banning your commentator #KathyGriffin from future shows. Please resend. Thx,” he tweeted.

Both President Trump and the First Lady also called the photos “disturbing,” Trump adding that the photo took a toll on his youngest son, Barron.

On Tuesday, Griffin received major backlash after a photo was published of her holding a bloodied mask that represented President Donald Trump. In a video, she apologized for the photo shoot and acknowledged that she “went too far.” However, by Wednesday morning, her attempt at a joke clearly fell flat among the public.

A bathroom design company called Squatty Potty announced Wednesday that its partnership with Griffin will be terminated. This announcement comes less than a month after the partnership launched.

“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,” CEO Bobby Edwards wrote in a statement.

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