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CNN fires Kathy Griffin following Trump stunt

The response was swift after many on-air CNN mainstays condemned her art project.


Ramon Ramirez


Posted on May 31, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 4:41 am CDT

CNN mainstays Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper were among those who publicly condemned comedian Kathy Griffin’s anti-Trump art project on Tuesday. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the cable news network on Wednesday tweeted that Griffin would no longer host its New Year’s Eve coverage.

She’s co-hosted the special for CNN since 2007.

Griffin on Tuesday posted a video, recorded during a shoot with photographer Tyler Shields, in which she hoists President Donald Trump‘s bloody, decapitated head. She apologized for the project Tuesday evening via social media.

The president¬†said that Griffin “should be ashamed of herself” via Twitter.

Griffin’s gesture has been seen by her critics as a peak example of Hollywood’s out-of-step worldview relative to the rest of the country. Right-wing blogs have led the outcry online. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) called the art project a “horrible mistake,” but as of this writing, the lawmaker is slated to appear with Griffin on July 7 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.


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*First Published: May 31, 2017, 1:56 pm CDT