CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program.— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 31, 2017
On Wednesday morning, CNN took to Twitter to announce: "CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program."
After the gory image showing Kathy Griffin holding a bloody, decapitated Donald Trump surfaced on the Internet on Tuesday, she received heavy backlash from many of her fans, followers, and critics alike. She took to Twitter on Tuesday night to issue an apology in a brief video.
"Hey everybody, it's me, Kathy Griffin," she says in the video. "I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction to these images. I'm a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line. Then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny. I get it.
Griffin continued by saying: "I've made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue. I ask your forgiveness. Taking down the image. I am going to ask the photographer to take down the image. And I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong."
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
After CNN announced that Kathy Griffin's contract was terminated, the network was met by a swift reaction on social media. Thousands of Twitter users responded to the news. Check out some of the most heated responses below:
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
Over reaction... she had a bad moment of judgement... Trump brings out the worse in us all— Anand Elgie (@wec4448) May 31, 2017
Smart move. She is sick— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) May 31, 2017
As for President Donald Trump, he has also spoken out about the issue. He took to Twitter on Tuesday night to share his reaction.0comments
The former Apprentice star 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!"
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017