New Mexico casino cancels Kathy Griffin performance

The announcement came amid backlash from both the left and the right over Griffin's participation in a gory photo shoot, which included a depiction of President Donald Trump's severed head.

Griffin has posted a videotaped apology, saying that as a comic she routinely seeks to "cross the line" but realized in this case, "I went too far". "She not only asked for forgiveness but begged for forgiveness, and I believe in forgiveness".

Griffin, 56, a two-time Emmy-winning performer known for her deliberately provocative brand of humor, has appeared since 2007 as co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve broadcast from Times Square in NY with anchor Anderson Cooper.

Griffin also asked the photographer to take down the photos, even though the disturbing images had already spread across the internet.

"It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate", he wrote on Twitter. It was accompanied by several other, less provocative photos and a behind-the-scenes video in which Griffin says she and Shields aren't afraid to "do images that make noise".Griffin released the Trump photo on Tuesday and the severe backlash was almost immediate.In the video, she said, "I went way too far". "I sincerely apologize", she said in a video that she posted on Twitter Tuesday night. "I made a mistake and I was wrong", she continued.

Many people thought Griffin went too far this time.

The fake beheading drew criticism from Trump himself, who tweeted (not long before his now infamous "covfefe"): "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself". The first lady slammed the now-former CNN employee's stunt as "disturbing" and called Griffin's mental health into question. I move the line, then I cross it. "I made a mistake and I was wrong". He said his children, especially his son Barron, is having a hard time.

  • Salvatore Jensen