Comedienne Kathy Griffin made what most believed to be a bad joke in May, by posing with a mold of what looked like the severed head of the United States president Donald Trump. Even though at first she was quick to defend the photo – and the photographer, Tyler Shields – she quickly concluded that she went to far and issued a public apology.
“I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I moved the line, then I crossed it. I went way too far”, she said in a Twitter video, adding: “The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people”. She took down the image and asked the photographer to do the same. She concluded: “I beg for your forgiveness.”
CNN wasn’t impressed enough with her apology, especially when her New Year’s Eve special co-host and good friend Andy Cohen publicly condemnet her act. “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate”, he tweeted.
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 31, 2017
If, at first CNN said they were evaluating Griffin’s appearance on the New Year’s special this year and stated they were “pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down”, the final decision was tolet ger go.
As the photo has had effects she didn’t foresee, such as impacting greatly Donald Trump’s 11-year-old son Barron, Griffin became every time more teary and more apologetic.
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
At the press conference in June, she said she didn’t think she would have a career after this incident. She also said she didn’t have the chance to talk to Anderson Cooper since the incident.
But on Tuesday, it was Cooper who confirmed they were still friends. “She and I have been friends for a long time and I want nothing but good things for her”, he told Andy Cohen on Whatch What Happens Live. “I didn’t approve it in any way, and I think when you’re friends with somebody, you can say that.”