Fake news peddler and Trump administration punching bag CNN has decided to end its relationship with Kathy Griffin over the heinous ISIS-inspired photo shoot that saw the D-list comedian pose with the mock severed head of President Donald Trump.
— ENTERTAIN9JA (@entertain_9ja) May 31, 2017
“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” CNN’s communications department tweeted on Wednesday morning. The decision took quite a bit longer than anyone expected considering the massive fallout on both sides of the aisle over the tasteless move.
Griffin had been co-hosting CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” broadcast since 2007 alongside lead anchor Anderson Cooper, who is reportedly a close friend of the defamed comedienne. However, Cooper took to his own Twitter account to censure his bestie for taking part in the shoot.
“For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in,” he wrote. “It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
The photo was first published by gossip site TMZ on Tuesday morning, the product of a collaboration between the has-been actress and photographer-provocateur Tyler Shields, who has made a career on the back of photos that cross the line.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Griffin had issued a half-hearted apology on her Twitter account, but fans and business alike saw right through it. Venues across the country have fallen over each other in an attempt to distance themselves from Griffin as quickly as possible, while home security goliath ADT announced that it would pull its advertising from CNN amid the fallout.
Griffin’s sickening stunt reportedly had a very personal impact on the president’s family: Trump’s 11-year-old son, Barron, is said to have been watching television with his mother, Melania, when the shocking photo suddenly appeared. Unsure whether the pic was real or staged, Barron became inconsolable and terrified for his father’s safety.