Kathy Griffin is having a rough, rough week. The photo shoot in which she held up a fake severed head resembling President Donald Trump was far from an audience pleaser.
It didn’t take long for the image to go viral, and her career to take a dive as a result. First, Trump and the first lady lashed out at Griffin for her twisted stunt. Then Griffin lost her contract with CNN for their New Year’s Eve program, as well as her gig as a spokesperson for Squatty Potty.
After the firestorm, Griffin apologized, but it doesn’t appear to have been enough. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is a long time friend of Griffin’s, but he has canceled his appearance with her in Minnesota.
At first, Franken said he wouldn’t cancel his scheduled July event with Griffin, via the Washington Times:
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is standing behind Kathy Griffin after her controversial photo shoot that featured a beheaded President Trump, saying the comedian “begged for forgiveness.”
“I condemned that immediately,” he told CNBC. “I called her. She’s a friend. I told her you can’t do that. She apologized … She asked for forgiveness. She begged for forgiveness.”
But it appears Franken has had a change of heart. Complaints have been coming in from his constituents and in a state that’s elected Franken since 2009.
On Thursday evening, Franken released a statement about breaking ties with Griffin for his event:
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“After hearing from many Minnesotans who were rightfully offended, I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be best for [Griffin] not to participate in the event we had previously scheduled. I understand why Minnesotans were upset by this, and I take that very seriously.”
When you’ve lost Al Franken, you know it’s bad.