Kathy Griffin Fired by CNN After Disturbing Trump Beheading Stunt
The president's 11-year-old son Barron thought something had happened to his dad when he saw the image.
Comedian Kathy Griffin has been fired by CNN and will no longer host its New Year’s Eve special following the disturbing photo of her holding up a decapitated bloodied head that looked like the president.
“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program,” the network tweeted from its communications account Wednesday afternoon.
CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program.May 31, 2017
The My Life on the D-List star has provided New Year’s Eve coverage alongside Anderson Cooper since 2007.
Meanwhile, the image has elicited a strong reaction from those closest to the president, including First lady Melania Trump, who called the image "very disturbing" in a statement to Inside Edition.
“As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing,” she said. “When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”
The first lady is beside herself because her 11-year-old son, Barron, was watching TV at Trump Tower when the gruesome photo appeared on the screen, according to reports.
Barron thought something terrible had happened to his dad, and reportedly screamed out, "Mommy! Mommy!"
The president also tweeted about the shocking image, saying: “My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
Griffin has apologized for the photo, saying in an Instagram video that she “went too far."
“This image is disturbing," she said. "I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny, I get it."
Chelsea Clinton also slammed the image during an appearance on The View Wednesday.
“I hope we can at least agree that it's never funny to joke about violence toward anyone, and particularly in this politically-charged moment, toward our president,” she said.
The stunt has additionally gotten the attention of the Secret Service.
"Threats made against Secret Service protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations," the agency said in a statement.
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