CNN cuts ties with Kathy Griffin after Trump beheading photo

Kathy Griffin
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2015, file photo, comedian Kathy Griffin arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Eddie Murphy, in Washington. Griffin will perform on two Carnival Cruise Line ships docked off of Cozumel, Mexico, in February 2016. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — CNN says it has cut ties with Kathy Griffin after she posted a video that showed her holding a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head.

The network says it has terminated its agreement with the comedian to appear on its New Year’s Eve programs. For a decade she had co-hosted the annual special with CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper.

Her future with CNN had been in doubt since the video appeared on Tuesday. CNN initially called it “disgusting and offensive.”

In addition to her losing the CNN job, a New Mexico casino said it was canceling a July live engagement, and she has lost a commercial endorsement she landed just weeks ago.

Griffin has apologized for the video.

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