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CNN announces Kathy Griffin's fate after 'disgusting' Trump photoshoot

CNN announced Wednesday that it is cutting ties with comedian Kathy Griffin after she participated in a gory photo shoot that included a depiction of President Donald Trump's severed head. (David Becker/Getty Images for McAfee)

CNN announced Wednesday that comedian Kathy Griffin will no longer appear with co-host Anderson Cooper on the channel's New Year's Eve broadcast.

"CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program," a tweet from CNN's official public relations Twitter account read.

Griffin and Cooper co-hosted CNN's New Year's Eve celebrations from New York City's Time Square for 10 years, from 2007 to 2016.

The announcement came amid backlash from both the left and the right over Griffin's participation in a gory photo shoot, which included a depiction of President Donald Trump’s severed head. Griffin apologized Tuesday for the stunt. Griffin admitted in a separate video posted to social media that she had gone "too far."

Griffin also asked the photographer to take down the photos, even though the disturbing images had already spread across the internet.

CNN's decision to cut ties with Griffin came less than one day after the network released a statement strongly condemning the photo shoot.

“We found what she did disgusting and offensive. We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down,” a CNN spokesperson said Tuesday night.

CNN isn't the first company to distance itself from Griffin in light of the photo shoot, however.

The toilet stool company Squatty Potty also dumped Griffin on Tuesday. The Utah-based company previously agreed to make Griffin the star of a new ad campaign.

CEO Bobby Edwards said that Griffin's behavior did not coincide with the company's "commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance.”

Griffin is currently on her "Celebrity Run-in Tour" to promote a book she released last year entitled, "Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index." An Amazon synopsis of the book described it as a "A-Z compendium of her celebrity run-ins, and the jaw-dropping, charming, and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them."

Griffin was scheduled to appear July 22 at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but the venue announced Tuesday that the show has since been canceled.

According to TicketMaster, Griffin's next public appearance is June 17 at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, California.

The Northern California venue indicated Wednesday in a Facebook post that it will not cancel the show, although the theatre did say that it does "NOT endorse or condone statements or actions by any performers."

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