Kathy Griffin’s tour canceled following outrage over bloody Trump photo

Comic Kathy Griffin’s upcoming tour dates have been scrapped amid outrage over the gruesome photo she posted, then deleted of herself holding a prop of President Donald Trump’s head.

Griffin’s web site appeared temporarily inoperable immediately after the controversy began; it was unclear whether it had been taken offline or was perhaps overwhelmed by a sudden surge in interest. A cached version at the time indicated her next performance had been planned for June 16 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley, Calif. The venue’s site noted, “Mature Content: May not be suitable for younger audiences.”

An updated message on the site says the appearance has been canceled.

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A venue in New Mexico posted a similar message via its Facebook page:

Griffin’s now operational site, which previously listed a slew of upcoming dates, now says simply, “No dates currently scheduled. Please check back for new tour date announcements.”

CNN’s also parted ways with Griffin, who had been part of their New Year’s Eve coverage in the past. A statement posted by the network’s public relations department read, “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program.”

Griffin posted a somber video shortly after the firestorm sparked by the image, saying, “I sincerely apologize. I’m a comic. I crossed the line.. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.”

More recently she struck a more defensive chord during a news conference saying, “We all know what’s going on here. They’re using me as a shiny object so that nobody’s talking about his FBI investigation…I’ve had everybody turn on me. I just want to make everybody laugh.”

While she did repeat her apology for posting the photo, Griffin suggested the anger over the image is a political cover.

“My impression is that they have mobilized their Army,” she said. “It’s quite clear to me that they are using me as a distraction. I’m not going to be collateral damage for this fool. I think he’s a fool. I think the president is a fool.”

She became emotional, asked what the future holds: “I don’t think I will have a career over this. I’m going to be honest. He broke me.”

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