2 New Jersey Theaters Cancel Kathy Griffin Shows Amid Severed Head Backlash - NBC New York

2 New Jersey Theaters Cancel Kathy Griffin Shows Amid Severed Head Backlash

Those who bought tickets will receive refunds

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    Comedian Kathy Griffin says she went too far in making fun of President Donald Trump. During a recent photo shoot, Griffin held a fake bloody, severed head in the likeness of the president. The backlash was swift and Griffin issued an apology on social media. “I sincerely apologize,” she said. “I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny.” (Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017)

    What to Know

    • Photos and video of Kathy Griffin holding a bloody severed head resembling Donald Trump emerged Tuesday

    • Griffin apologized within hours as backlash swelled

    • The NJ theaters' decision to cancel her shows comes on the heels of CNN firing her from her decade-long NYE gig with Anderson Cooper

    Two New Jersey theaters have canceled shows by comedian Kathy Griffin after she posed with a likeness of President Donald Trump's severed head. 

    In making announcements on Facebook Thursday, the State Theatre in New Brunswick and the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood said they made the decision after careful consideration. 

    Griffin was scheduled to perform in her "Celebrity Run-In" tour at the theaters in November. Those who bought tickets will receive refunds. 

    Griffin apologized within hours of the images appearing online Tuesday. They were met with swift and widespread condemnation. 

    The images prompted CNN to fire Griffin from her decade-long gig hosting a New Year's Eve special with Anderson Cooper.

    Meanwhile, Griffin has scheduled a news conference with her attorney Friday to discuss the controversy

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