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CNN, Other Entities Drop Comedian Kathy Griffin Over Trump Photo

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FILE - Kathy Griffin attends the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Hours after U.S. President Donald Trump admonished Kathy Griffin Wednesday for appearing in a photograph holding a reproduction of a severed, bloody head that resembled him, the comedian has lost a lucrative television job.

Cable News Network (CNN) terminated an agreement with Griffin to co-host its New Year's Eve coverage, after stating earlier in the day the image was “disgusting and offensive.”

In an early morning tweet, Trump said the image was disturbing — particularly to his children.

After seeing negative online reaction, Griffin apologized Tuesday night — saying she "moved the line" and then "crossed it."

The image also prompted Route 66 Casino in the southwestern state of New Mexico to cancel Griffin's planned July 22 performance.

Griffin also lost a recent commercial endorsement deal with Squatty Potty, a U.S. company that provides toilets and other bathroom accessories.

"It was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for," said CEO Bobby Edwards.

Griffin had shared the image in a tweet that has since been deleted at her request.

The photo was taken by Tyler Shields, whose own biography notes he has evolved from Hollywood's "bad boy of photography."

The criticism came from conservatives and liberals alike, including one of the president's sons, Donald Trump, Jr., former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the daughter of 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, who called the image "vile and wrong."

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