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CNN Fires Kathy Griffin From New Year's Program (Photo)

Kathy Griffin's apology for appearing in a photo holding the likeness of President Donald Trump's severed, bloody head was too little, too late for CNN, as the network fired her on May 31 from her annual New Year's Eve hosting duties following a widespread backlash against the photo.

The network confirmed Griffith's termination in a statement. She has co-hosted the New Year's Eve television program with CNN reporter Anderson Cooper since 2007.

The often controversial comedienne drew heavy criticism as soon as the image was released.

"For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in," Cooper tweeted on May 30. "It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate."

In an earlier statement, CNN called the photo "disgusting and offensive."

"We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down," the network said at the time. "We are evaluating New Year’s Eve and have made no decisions at this point."

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"I understand how it offends people," Griffin said in a video statement she posted on Twitter, backpedaling after defending the photo earlier on the same day. "It wasn't funny. I get it. I've made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue … I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong."

Griffin said that she asked photographer Tyler Shields to take the image down.

"I sincerely apologize," she said in her apology video. "I am just now seeing the reaction to these images. I'm a comic. I crossed the line. I moved the line. Then I crossed it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing."

Democrats such as Chelsea Clinton have blasted Griffin for depicting killing a president. The current first family also weighed in on the matter.

"Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself," President Donald Trump tweeted on May 31. "My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!"

First Lady Melania Trump also chastised Griffin for her actions.

"As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing," Mrs. Trump said in a statement, according to CNN. "When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it."

Sources: CNN (2), Anderson Cooper/Twitter, Kathy Griffin/Twitter / Photo credit: Tyler Shields via Daily MailSamantha Quigley/Defense Video Imagery Distribution System

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