SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Comedian Kathy Griffin faced immediate backlash after photos showing her holding up a severed head resembling the president were released Tuesday.
President Donald Trump said Griffin “should be ashamed of herself.”
The photos were taken by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, who is known for his provocative images.
Griffin later apologized. In a video posted on Instagram, she said she “went way too far.”
“I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far,” she said. “I made a mistake and I was wrong.”
Utah company Squatty Potty recently enlisted the comedian to star in a new ad campaign, and in response to recent events, CEO Bobby Edwards issued the following statement:
“We were shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared today, it was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for. In response, Squatty Potty has suspended its ad campaign featuring Ms. Griffin. We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance.”
CNN fired Griffin on Wednesday from its New Year’s Eve show. She had co-hosted it since 2007.