CNN has fired comedian Kathy Griffin, who drew global criticism on Wednesday for posting photographs of herself holding severed head of US President, Donald Trump.
CNN announced her termination after earlier criticising the photos, describing it as “disgusting and offensive.”
“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” the network said in a statement.
Griffin already posted a videotaped apology, saying that as a comic she routinely seeks to “cross the line” but realized in this case, she went too far.
“I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far, I made a mistake and I was wrong,” she said.
Admitting the images were “too disturbing,” Griffin said she asked Shields to take down the photo.
Reacting to this, President Trump tweeted:
“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
The first lady Melania Trump also chimed in:
“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.”
The U.S. Secret Service, responsible for presidential security, has opened an inquiry into Griffin posing with the severed head replica of the president’s head, a spokesman in Los Angeles said.
When asked whether the agency was looking into the incident as a potential threat on the president’s life, he told Reuters, “We’re aware of it and we’re investigating it.”
Griffin, 56, a two-time Emmy-winning performer known for her deliberately provocative brand of humor, has appeared since 2007 as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast from Times Square in New York with anchor, Anderson Cooper.