Less than 24 hours after a controversial photoshoot featuring comedian Kathy Griffin and a bloody mock-up of Donald Trump’s severed head went viral, CNN has officially cut ties with its annual New Year’s Eve program co-host. According to a statement released by the network on its website and on Twitter, they “[had] terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program.”
The decision to fire the My Life on the D-List star came following her apology for going “way too far” with the Tyler Shields photoshoot, which depicted a bemused Griffin holding up what looked like the bloody, severed head of the current President of the United States. Former New Year’s Eve co-host Anderson Cooper and other notable CNN personalities spoke out against the violent images. Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. vilified Griffin for her “phony apology” and called upon the network to terminate its deal with her. First Lady Melania Trump also weighed in, saying “that photo is very disturbing.”
Even the Donald himself called Griffin out on Twitter early Wednesday morning, saying she “should be ashamed of herself” since 11-year-old Barron Trump and the rest of the family were apparently “having a hard time with this.”
Griffin has yet to comment officially on her firing, as CNN’s statement didn’t include anything from the outspoken Trump critic. In the meantime, it seems Don Lemon will have to up the ante significantly in order to score good ratings during this year’s New Year’s Eve program.