As is expected with imagery containing gorey, severed body parts--even fake ones--everyone is freaking, including her longtime collaborator Anderson Cooper. Griffin's employer, CNN, has reportedly let her go from her New Year's Eve hosting gig: "CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program," the network announced.
\u201cFor the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.\u201d
Now, in response to the backlash, Griffin is profusely apologizing, just hours after the images first broke online through TMZ. This is a surprising contradiction from the woman who justified her actions yesterday by nicknaming herself the "Mocker-in-Chief," and emphasizing that she's an "artist" while shooting with Shields on set in a since-deleted video.
"I sincerely apologize," she said. "I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. 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. I've made a lot of mistake in my career, I will continue. I asked your forgiveness, I'm taking down the image. I'm asking the photographer [Tyler Shields] to take down the image. I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake. And I was wrong."