CNN has officially axed comedian Kathy Griffin from its annual New Year's Eve live broadcast following a highly controversial photo of her holding the fake severed head of President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday afternoon, the network released a brief statement: "CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program."
Earlier Tuesday, a spokesperson from CNN told Mediaite said the network was "evaluating" her role in the December broadcast and had "made no decisions" at that time. This would have been Griffin's tenth time co-hosting alongside Anderson Cooper.
For his part, Cooper swiftly condemned the graphic photo just hours after it hit the internet. "For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in," he tweeted. "It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate."
The decision comes less than 24 hours after Griffin issued a video apology via Twitter for the image. "I beg your forgiveness," she
said in the 30-second clip.
tweeted that Griffin should be "ashamed." Reports later claimed that his 11-year-old son saw the photo on TV and began to cry.
A number of other celebrities and prominent figures, including Chelsea Clinton, had visceral reactions to the photo. You can view some in the slideshow below.
Reaction to Kathy Griffin's photo with Trump's severed head
This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw
Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did th… https://t.co/vs6FeEGyTP
Our politics have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin's post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory.
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.
No one should be shocked at the sick audacity of sick characters. Kathy is a hurting individual. She needs help.... https://t.co/RHpk02ojbJ
It wasn't right when peoplel hung lynched Obama effigies, just as what Kathy Griffin did isn't right now.
For those asking, I said on air that I thought the beheading imagery by Griffin about the president was disgusting and inappropriate.
.@kathygriffin I'm sorry but that is totally inappropriate and so very offensive. And I have to believe you're smart enough to know better.
Nope. Too much. By a very long distance, way too much. https://t.co/I9977nKEAP
This Kathy Griffin thing is so upsetting and disgusting. Jesus--what is wrong with people today? Have we lost all our humanity?
I'm not looking forward to be asked as a comedian if I defend the Kathy Griffin picture... it was clearly not meant to be funny. #No
I'm all for artistic and comedic expression, but I just saw the violent Trump imagery in #KathyGriffin's photo and I find it horrible.
Kathy Griffin is the embodiment of the average American liberal A psychotic lunatic who has more in common with I… https://t.co/arCYwt8pAF
I hope people realize the new precedent Kathy Griffin has set, this is madness. Call CNN advertisers & everyone she… https://t.co/XC9zC8IdLP
Kathy Griffin is the new face of the Democratic party and the newest member of ISIS. The Secret Service should inve… https://t.co/RPGSRRF519