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Route 66 Casino cancels Kathy Griffin show

Comedian Kathy Griffin was fired Wednesday from decadelong gig ringing in the new year for CNN, New Mexico’s Route 66 Casino canceled her show in July and one advertiser pulled all of her spots as backlash built over her video displaying a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head.

CNN, which called the video “disgusting and offensive” after Griffin posted it Tuesday, announced it would not invite her back this year for the Times Square live New Year’s Eve special she had co-hosted annually since 2007.

Route 66 Casino, west of Albuquerque, tweeted on Wednesday, “The July 22nd performance by Kathy Griffin has been canceled.”

“We received an overwhelming negative response from our customers and associates to the widely circulated photograph Ms. Griffin posted on social media,” said Tim Perkins, Route 66 general manager.

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Anyone who purchased tickets to the Griffin event will receive a full refund.

She initially described the project as an “artsy fartsy statement” on Instagram and says she does not condone causing harm to others. Griffin quickly posted a video on Twitter asking for forgiveness and saying, “I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.”

Squatty Potty, a Utah-based company whose products include toilet stools and other bathroom accessories, said it was suspending an ad campaign that featured Griffin.

Griffin’s video made Trump seethe. Tweeting Wednesday morning, he said Griffin “should be ashamed of herself” for creating the video. “My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”

First lady Melania Trump issued a statement of her own: “As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

There has since been more than 3,000 retweets and nearly 6,800 likes.

 

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