Kathy Griffin fired by CNN as Secret Service launches investigation

By Alexa Caruso on June 1, 2017 | 46 Comments

Kathy GriffinThe fallout continues for comedian Kathy Griffin after she posed for a photo taken by famed photographer Tyler Shields, which showed her posing with the fake and bloodied head of U.S. President Donald Trump.

In addition to being dropped by Squatty Potty for their ad campaign, TMZ reports that news giant CNN has fired Griffin. This means she won’t be joining anchor Anderson Cooper on their yearly New Year’s Eve Special in 2018, which she’s been part of since 2007.

Cooper also lent his voice to the droves of criticism coming in against Griffin’s antics, saying, “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”

Things are only getting worse for the comedian, who posed with the fake, but still gruesome, severed head of the controversial U.S. President, which reportedly terrified his young son, Barron, who thought his father was dead when he saw the photo on television.

Even though she released an apology Tuesday (May 30) night, the Secret Service is reportedly investigating the incident, which it takes very seriously and as no laughing matter. Chances are, they will seek to interview both Griffin and Shields about the photo.

What do you think about Kathy Griffin’s antics — did she go too far? Vote in our poll and sound off in the comment section below! ~Alexa Caruso[poll id=”1216″]

Comments & Discussion

  1. Claudette Lacombe • June 1, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

    I was surprised by what Kathy Griffin did and it definitely was not right to do it. But I will really miss her come New Year s Eve party with Anderson Cooper – they were the best. It is a shame that CNN fired her – maybe they should give her a stearn warning.

  2. Claudette Lacombe • June 1, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

    I was surprised by what Kathy Griffin did and it definitely was not right to do it. But I will really miss her come New Year s Eve party with Anderson Cooper – they were the best. It is a shame that CNN fired her.

  3. Julia • June 1, 2017 @ 11:28 AM

    Ok clearly this is poor taste and bad behavior, seriously what was she thinking? I can see where stars do certain things to be on top of headlines to gain fame, but this clearly is inappropriate, barbaric and malicious, Aside from who Trump is and the things he has done or said, he has children and one being 11 years old. I think CNN reacted appropriately and she should be held accountable, the picture was disgusting and hurtful to Donald Trump and his family and I’m by no means a fan of this president. What ever happened to morals ?? Sorry Kathy Griffin, I will not miss you at NY Eve. Your jokes are no longer funny

  4. Mac the Knife • June 1, 2017 @ 11:32 AM

    Typical excess from a typical American barbarian savage. One would think that a person in media would have known the potential consequences of her actions. She could have found a less grotesque and more poignant way to express her dissatisfaction with Trump. Well, good riddance to Kathy Griffin. Even without such gaff, Kathy Griffin was not much of a “News” broadcasting personality to begin with. CNN could do much better with someone fresh.

  5. Kevin • June 1, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

    Good! Maybe this will teach her a lesson

  6. Terrence • June 1, 2017 @ 11:51 AM

    I dunno guys, the photo is gruesome, i guess, but she has a right to express herself and her discontent with having an orange buffoon for a President. If she had painted a picture, would it be less offensive? I feel like everyone is just jumping on the bandwagon. Who likes Trump anyway, the man is pure evil.

  7. lorena • June 1, 2017 @ 12:11 PM

    too far….. I know that Trump is not popular in certain parts of the USA ….but come on now. She has just blown her career ….and for what? Not the brightest thing you’ve ever done.

  8. ANDRIA • June 1, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

    So the pics of Barak Obama hanging from a noose was okay correct ???
    He also had young children at the time .

  9. Wayne • June 1, 2017 @ 12:31 PM

    Kathy Griffin went way too far but there are way too many short memories out there that have forgotten all the times President Obama was burned in effigy or hung from a noose and so many more disgusting ways that people showed their hatred. President Obama also had very young children at the time. It is unfortunate that the children see these things but their Dads knew about that possibility when they ran for the office.

    It is a free country with the Freedom of Speach bring the #1 thing protected by the Constitution.

    Yes. Kathy is going to suffer financially for this extreme error in judgment but that is as far as it is likely to go.

  10. Addena ?Sumter Freitag • June 1, 2017 @ 12:42 PM

    Where was the outrage for all the barbaric photos of Obama?
    Did Obama’s children count less than Trump’s?

  11. mIKE Hunt • June 1, 2017 @ 12:59 PM

    She kind of looks like the Joker in that pic.
    Has she had some platics done to her face ( the teeth are obviously fake)
    She’s just a D-List at best comedian. Who has a really inflated sense of how important she is in the overall scheme of things.

    She seems to want all the publicity she can get- good or bad. Classic media whore.
    The vileness of the picture – using the same type vulgar method murder of defenseless hostages that ISIS & other Islamic terrorists use, was uncalled for. Puts her in the same league as those stupid, self-serving, narcissistic psychopathic barbarians who really believe they are getting 21 virgins for their heinous acts. Hard to believe anyone can be so stupid and selfish.

    Looking forward to seeing way less of her ugly mug in the future.

  12. Lina • June 1, 2017 @ 12:59 PM

    I can’t believe that not 1 person who was involved in the taking of this posed fake picture thought that this is going to be bad (photographer, assistants, Kathy herself, her assistants or whoever she had there with her at the time, etc. etc.). Out of all the people who were around there wouldn’t have said this isn’t right or what are the consequences going to be. I am not fond of the POTUS myself but no matter how much I dislike someone I never wish them dead or hurt. He has a family that could/will see this. What a horrible thing for his young son to have seen.

    I like Kathy Griffen but this was so distasteful. This is something ISIS or ISIL does not a celebrity from the free world. Hope she learns something from all this.

  13. J • June 1, 2017 @ 1:15 PM

    Kathy Griffen has always been weird, but this is disgusting even for her. Do not like Donald Trump, but his poor 11 year old son didn’t ask for this life.

  14. Les Smith • June 1, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

    OMG! What on earth was she thinking? With all the terrorist things going on in the world & the beheadings of innocent people. HOW COULD SHE EVER THINK THIS WOULD BE EVEN REMOTELY FUNNY?!?!?!

  15. Debbie • June 1, 2017 @ 1:31 PM

    Not funny, disgusting and ugly, bot the secret service should not be involved, they didn’t do anything about obama, anyone who shows their dislike for someone in this fashion is sick!

  16. MA • June 1, 2017 @ 2:37 PM

    Good…..she should be arrested for ‘inciting hatred’. Stupid idiot….another ‘celebrity’ who thinks THEIR opinion actually matters to anyone but them. This constant nit picking by these people is becoming tiresome…TRUMP WON!!!! Get over it. You are showing yourselves up to be the ‘ugly Americans’ the world so dislikes.

  17. RL • June 1, 2017 @ 2:55 PM

    I thought it was hilarious.

  18. RL • June 1, 2017 @ 2:55 PM

    It was hilarious !

  19. Terry • June 1, 2017 @ 3:26 PM

    Griffin has never had even one cell of her entire being remotely “funny”. Her facade of a smile is forced and fake. Good riddance to her. I’m glad CNN took some serious action and canned her untalented ass.

  20. ldf • June 1, 2017 @ 3:45 PM

    She is rarely if ever “funny”…and almost always tasteless in her supposed “humour”. She has received way more fame than she ever deserved. I’m hoping this is the end of ever seeing her on TV again. bye bye

  21. Eleanor • June 1, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

    Kathy is usually out there, and gets away with almost anything. But this time she went too far. This is not comedy. It is someone who has been pushing the boundaries for sometime now and it has caught up to her. An apology is the right step, but we will never forget what she did or the image. NOT FUNNY ….. you’re going to have to gain my respect and following. This will take time for all!

  22. Wendy R • June 1, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

    She knew exactly what she was doing because she even said something to the effect that she was probably going to get into trouble for doing it. Her apology was not sincere and she only did it once she got wind that she was going to be investigated. Don’t know what message she was trying to send but it sure looked like she was condoning beheading! Saying it was only her kind of humor is like the bully saying mean things but because they laugh at the end, they were only joking.

  23. Joan Junkie • June 1, 2017 @ 4:44 PM

    i personally NEVER thought that SHE had any class. Now i know for sure.
    I am NOT a Trump fan, but that is going too far…Shame on her..
    by doing this STupid thing she wlll only have people side with The Donald.

  24. Debbie • June 1, 2017 @ 4:56 PM

    I only saw the blurred photo, but the bit I saw around it was not acceptable. I like Kathy Griffin. After listening to comments on ‘The Social’ TV show today, I agree that Donald Trump has said many things that he has not apologized for, and he is President. And Kathy has been fired. Yes, she went too far, but kind of a double standard. If Trump did the same, would he be ‘let go?’I believe the comments were that all Mexicans are rapists, and that it is OK to grab women by the genitals, that the show stated.

  25. Debbie • June 1, 2017 @ 5:05 PM

    I just saw the picture by this story. It wasn’t as bad as I imagined, but I think it is still not acceptable. But…Trump has more hair. I thought it would look like a severed head with blood dripping, etc. But…still not right!

  26. Irene • June 1, 2017 @ 5:44 PM

    I have never liked Kathy Griffin. She has no class (even if she is a comedian). I do not like Trump at all, but this was disgusting and in poor taste (even for her). However I totally agree with Debbie. Trump has said and done numerous terrible things and he is the freaking President! Why hasn’t he been fired yet?!!

  27. Sandra • June 1, 2017 @ 7:21 PM

    This president publicaly acts in ways previously unheard of for a president . He makes outrageous statements all the time and gets away with it. He’s divisive and controversial and more entertainer than politician. What Kathy did seems just part of the circus that the Presidency has become, it seemed to be commensurate to the crap talk coming from the President. If he was more respectful, measured and dignified I would have more sympathy for him and think this was awful. As it is this President it seems like a natural reaction, I’m sure his pronouncements are helpful to the enemies of the United States because they are blatantly racist and extreme.

  28. Shirley Caulfield • June 1, 2017 @ 8:06 PM

    I think Kathy went too far, but, on saying that, Donald Trump has “gone too far” many, many times and would he be fired? Sometimes we get caught up in what is going on around us, Kathy is human and yes, she made a mistake. Will she learn from it??? I think so. She deserves another chance, I think.
    Let’s “head hunt” on everyone, not just certain people, if that is what we are going to do.

  29. Kj • June 1, 2017 @ 8:51 PM

    Disgusting and sickening

  30. Andrea • June 1, 2017 @ 9:13 PM

    He is decapitating america and the world! It is a wake up folks!!!!

  31. Brownie • June 1, 2017 @ 10:40 PM

    Kinda reminds me of the Beatles album cover with all the parts of babies lying around. Cathy Griffin’s style has always been excessively “edgy”. She tries to get laughs by offending people. Hmmmmmm, seems she went a little too far out this time. Her direction has always been to say what other people are thinking, but don’t have the balls to say out loud! I dislike T-rump immensely ! However the LAST thing I want is to see any physical harm come to him. I’d love to see the look on his face, when he is, in fact, impeached!! And it can,t happen too soon!!

  32. irene sacchetto • June 1, 2017 @ 10:43 PM

    How disgusting, Kathy Griffin needs to have her head examined. What an ugly piece of crap she is. Totally out of touch with what goes on in this world.

  33. Ron • June 2, 2017 @ 12:28 AM

    Never really cared for her annoying antics but, to commit career suicide in this way,stupid beyond belief.Does she not have advisors,managers or publicist in her entourage? Not a fan of Trump but, this had to be one or the worst actions against any US leader I can think of.Trump should sue her and have the secret service question her idiocy & reckless behavior.In what context did she consider this to be funny or exceptable? Hey Kathy,hope you enjoy living under a rock for awhile.Maybe you can say your addicted to something that made you have poor judgment. Celebrity rehab here comes Kathy.

  34. Jo • June 2, 2017 @ 3:46 AM

    Put her in JAIL…… First Madonna wants to burn the White House down. Then Robert DeNiro want to punch our President in the face… Now this…. How awful for Barren… But think about the thousand of other children who saw this on TV… Isis is horrific… We don’t need her bringing these brutal attacks to our front door and TV’s….. Yes…She belongs in Jail… along with the photographer… They went way too far… We have to stop this lunacy sometime so let’s start with them…..

  35. Jo • June 2, 2017 @ 3:46 AM

    Put her in JAIL…… First Madonna wants to burn the White House down. Then Robert DeNiro want to punch our President in the face… Now this…. How awful for Barren… But think about the thousand of other children who saw this on TV… Isis is horrific… We don’t need her bringing these brutal attacks to our front door and TV’s….. Yes…She belongs in Jail… along with the photographer… They went way too far… We have to stop this lunacy sometime so let’s start with them…..

  36. Jo • June 2, 2017 @ 3:46 AM

    Put her in JAIL…… First Madonna wants to burn the White House down. Then Robert DeNiro want to punch our President in the face… Now this…. How awful for Barren… But think about the thousand of other children who saw this on TV… Isis is horrific… We don’t need her bringing these brutal attacks to our front door and TV’s….. Yes…She belongs in Jail… along with the photographer… They went way too far… We have to stop this lunacy sometime so let’s start with them…..

  37. Sandra • June 2, 2017 @ 7:58 AM

    To the people who say this is horrific, there is worse shown in movies and both are make believe. You some of you watch Game of Thrones, are you traumatized by the violence, including beheadings, in that. Political satire can be savage, I remember the Reagan and Thatcher years when Spitting Image really excoriated the politicians.

  38. Gareth • June 2, 2017 @ 9:29 AM

    Well on a number of occasions they had an effigy of Obama shown being lynched from a tree like they did to blacks in the south in the not so distance past…it was no famous comedian who did it but I don’t know how that was OK and this produces so much outrage? I think everyone should be equally outrage at BOTH. But hey this is America – pretend to behead a white American president and this is seen as supporting the act of that barbaric Muslim Arabic culture, but pretend to hang a black president from a tree and oh well its just a recreation of our glorious history of christian KKK putting an uppity black man in his place no big deal. Go figure

  39. G.E • June 2, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

    Sick joke but there are many sick jokes out there. I think the only reason Barron’s name has been thrown into this is to take away the underhandedness from the rest of the Trump family. They are a sneaky coniving family. The attention needs to be brought back to what he is doing to America and how his duaghter is using tax payers money to travel on Air Force One and making business deals.Now THAT is disturbing.

  40. Steve • June 2, 2017 @ 12:44 PM

    OOOohhh .. A comedian went too far…Ohhhh NO!!
    I think Kathy did this because of the gun deal with terrorist sympathizer Saudi’s..
    During Trump’s election campaign, he described the Saudi government as “people that push gays off buildings,” and said they “kill women and treat women horribly.” Trump also suggested that Saudi Arabia was behind the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
    “Take at look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents,” he demanded. Instead of following up this declaration now that he is President, Trump has agreed to supply the Saudi defense forces with more U.S.-made tanks, planes, helicopters, ships, bombs, and other weapons systems. With almost 19 million reliant on aid, #Yemen is the world’s single largest humanitarian crisis,” the International Committee of the Red Cross has said..
    … and Trump just provided weapons to their enemies.. So Trump was already “symbolically beheaded” by terrorist sympathizers in Saudi Arabia when he made that deal… and Kathy just picked up the pieces.. LOL

  41. Justine Troodough • June 2, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

    This just in…Martin Short confirms that Kathy Griffin is his long-lost transgender brother.

  42. Arlene • June 2, 2017 @ 4:28 PM

    This woman will do anything for a gag. By doing these kind of things will not get her name on the A list of celebrities. She will always remain on the D list.

  43. Snepts • June 2, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

    Wouldn’t their time and talents be better served investigating their president’s ties to Russia and Russia’s part in stealing the election for him??? Just a thought…

  44. Belle • June 3, 2017 @ 12:46 AM

    First of all, I do not like Kathy Griffin. She went too far with her recent antics. Even though I do not like the president or anything he stands for he is still the president. For that reason and that reason alone this should have never been done.

  45. Snepts • June 4, 2017 @ 1:16 AM

    So the president is to be above such treatment regardless of his actions and treatment of others…? Nixon should have been allowed to finish out his term given that kind of thinking. Honestly, being shamed by Donald Trump can only be seen as an act of irony.

  46. Brian Griffin • June 4, 2017 @ 9:33 PM

    Wow. A whole lot of comments have been redacted. How many of those actually violated Tribute’s rules and how many were deleted because the webmaster just didn’t like them? This comment will be deleted in…5…4…3…2…

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