Sen. Al Franken stands by Kathy Griffin - refuses to cancel event with her July 7th. pic.twitter.com/SirDPuTf0L
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) May 31, 2017
UPDATE: Sen. Franken reversed course late Thursday "after hearing from many Minnesotans who were rightfully offended" and Griffin will not appear at the event.
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) still plans to appear at an event with Kathy Griffin after the controversial comedian took part in a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied mask of President Donald Trump.
Griffin posed for the gory "decapitated head" photo during a session with notoriously edgy photographer Tyler Shields.
Griffin and Shields were roundly condemned for the photo shoot, with even President Trump calling it "sick." CNN announced Wednesday that it had released Griffin from her New Year's Eve show host position.
Kathy Griffin's Gory Photo of Decapitated Trump Focus of Secret Service Investigation (VIDEO) https://t.co/zlb8dD8P1d
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 31, 2017
Griffin apologized on Twitter on Tuesday for the shocking photo that some say encouraged violence against the president.
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
Franken and Griffin are scheduled to appear at an event promoting his new book, "Giant of the Senate," in July that starts at $50 a ticket.
On CNN’s "New Day" this morning, Franken said Griffin went too far, but he believes she can recover from the "horrible mistake."
"I think she did the right thing asking for forgiveness and acknowledging that this was a horrible mistake, and so I think she can," Franken said.
Host Alisyn Camerota asked if he still plans to appear at the event with her.
"Yes," Franken directly replied.
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