Kathy Griffin fears career axe after 'severed Trump head' backlash

Danny Woods
June 4, 2017

Under-fire comedian Kathy Griffin has said she is not afraid of Donald Trump and will keep making fun of him - but repeated she was sorry for a video that depicted her holding a likeness of the USA president's severed, bloody head.

Speaking to media with her attorney Lisa Bloom, the embattled United States comedian who was this week sacked by network CNN and dropped from a TV commercial, fought back tears, alleging the Trump family had broken her and killed her career.

"What's happening to me has never happened in this great country", Griffin said during a press conference on Friday, referring to Trump and his family members' tweets in response to the photo shoot.

She admitted, "I don't think I'll have a career after this". He broke me. And then I felt, 'This isn't right. This is not right.

Griffin said the photo was meant to mock Trump's comments during the presidential campaign, when he told CNN that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her - wherever" when she moderated a 2015 presidential debate. "You guys know him, he's not going to stop". A few minutes later, she added, "Oops".

Kathy's actions and the fallout have cost her five upcoming shows and endorsement deals, while CNN bosses have fired her as the co-host of their annual New Year's Eve telecast. Do you agree or disagree with her claims that she is a victim of bullying from the Trump family, and what's your reaction to her promise to keep making fun of Donald Trump?

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When asked what she was thinking, the 56-year-old actor and comedian said the bloody head stunt was a play on Mr Trump's sexist comments about Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly that sparked outrage during the 2016 campaign for the Republican nomination.

Attorney Dmitry Gorin, who is a criminal lawyer representing Griffin in a Secret Service investigation, said the shoot was parody and the comedian did nothing wrong.

Venues in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania have cancelled shows. He says he takes seriously that Minnesotans were upset by her behaviour, which he characterizes as "inappropriate and not something that should be anywhere" in the national discourse.

At his daily briefing on Friday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to respond to Griffin's remarks, saying that the president, the first lady and the Secret Service had made clear their views on the photo.

The comic has faced controversies before for her abrasive humor, but none as widespread as the one generated by Tuesday's images. "There is such an eerie silence here", she wrote across the image.

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