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CNN cuts ties with Kathy Griffin over gruesome Trump video

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Thursday, Jun 1st, 2017

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/REX/Shutterstock (8283064l) Kathy Griffin Kathy Griffin performing at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, Texas – 04 Feb 2017
CNN says it has cut ties with Kathy Griffin after she posted a video that showed her holding a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head.

The network says it has terminated its agreement with the comedian to appear on its New Year’s Eve programs. For a decade she had co-hosted the annual special with CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper.

Her future with CNN had been in doubt since the video appeared on Tuesday. CNN initially called it “disgusting and offensive.”

In addition to her losing the CNN job, a New Mexico casino said it was cancelling a July live engagement, and she has lost a commercial endorsement she landed just weeks ago.

Griffin has apologized, saying that the brief video was “too disturbing” and wasn’t funny.

“I went too far,” she says in a second video. “I sincerely apologize.”

I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.

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Many people online called for Griffin to be jailed.

The first video showed a straight-faced Griffin slowly lifting the bloody head. She originally described the project with photographer Tyler Shields as an “artsy fartsy statement” mocking the commander in chief.

Earlier, Trump said Griffin “should be ashamed of herself.”

In a post on his Twitter account Wednesday morning, the president said, “My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”

The video had apparently been removed from Shields’ blog by late Tuesday.

Squatty Potty, a Utah-based bathroom products company, said in a statement Tuesday that it has suspended an ad campaign featuring Griffin.

A publicist for Shields did not respond to a request for comment.

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