Kathy Griffin admitted she “went too far” when she posed with a fake bloody mask designed to look like the head of President Donald Trump. But her mea culpa seems to be doing little to stave off the growing backlash.
Several shows of Kathy Griffin‘s Celebrity Run-In comedy tour have been scratched as venues across the country are distancing themselves from the comedian, including in New Jersey, New York, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, according to the Associated Press.
The Community Arts Theater in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, announced on its site that Griffin’s scheduled show had been canceled “due to the recent controversy surrounding Kathy Griffin and the concern for the safety and security of our patrons and staff.”
The fallout from the photoshoot was swift. On Wednesday, toilet stool company Squatty Potty announced it was dumping Griffin from its recent ad campaign and CNN issued a statement announcing it was firing Griffin from its annual New Year’s
In a press conference Friday, with lawyer Lisa Bloom, Griffin acknowledged that she wasn’t sure she could survive the backlash.
“I don’t think I will have a career after this,” she said. “I am going to be honest, he broke me. He broke me. And then I felt, ‘This isn’t right. This is not right. And I apologized because that was the right thing to do an I meant it.”
Griffin explained that the project was supposed to be a parody, meant to reference Trump’s remark last summer that former Fox News host Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of wherever.”
But even through her tears, she vowed to continue “making jokes about this guy.”
“I’m not laying down for this guy,” she added.