Al Franken Backpedals, Disinvites Kathy Griffin From Book Event

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Sen. Al Franken is the latest politician to disassociate himself from Kathy Griffin, disinviting her from a promotional event for his new book.

The Democratic senator from Minnesota had annouced just the day before that he would be honoring the joint appearance because the comedian had “begged for forgiveness” after posing for photos while holding a decapitated head prop of President Donald Trump.

However, Franken told Politico on Thursday that “it would be best” for Griffin not to attend the July 7 event in California for his book “Giant of the Senate.”


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“I believe what Kathy Griffin did was inappropriate and not something that should be anywhere in our national discourse. I consider her a friend and I’m glad she realized she crossed the line and apologized,” Franken said.

“After hearing from many Minnesotans who were rightfully offended, I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be best for her not to participate in the event we had previously scheduled. I understand why Minnesotans were upset by this, and I take that very seriously,” he added.

Franken was under pressure form both sides of the aisle to cancel the event at Beverly Hills’ Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

“I think she did the right thing, and asking for forgiveness and acknowledging … this was a horrible mistake,” he told CNN earlier this week, insisting that the former reality star could recover from the incident.

CNN fired Griffin on Wednesday from its New Year’s Eve telecasts amid the scandal. Griffin and attorney Lisa Bloom will hold a press conference on Friday to discuss the controversy.

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  1. Sarrow Studio says:

    Disappointing. She apologized. She’s been punished enough. It was anti-Trump, not racist, or anti-Muslim, or anti-anything good. It was art. It should not be seen as endorsement of violence solutions, and she never said it was. Whats happened to forgiveness? Why so much shame?

    • Scott says:

      This is absolutely hilarious. Since its not “anti-something you like” its forgiveable. That is literally your bottom line. What if a black comedian had done a similar demonstration with Obama’s head? You really think anyone on the left would have forgiven that person?

  2. Ojay says:

    He didn’t want to cancel he was pressured to. He thought what she did was great. Minnesota please re-evaluate your next election choice. This one smells really bad.

  3. K Rowland says:

    Good call to cancel book tour with Kathy Griffin… after all you are an “Old White Guy” just holding her down. Seems like a classic case of biting the hand that feed you or in this case offering up opportunities. Hopefully she will learn to stop digging, put the shovel down, leave the circle of politics and get back to true comedy. Best of luck to her and her future.

  4. Caren Shapiro says:

    Trump isn’t bullying her. It’s everyday people’s response to her monstrous “joke”. The only job she should be able to get is the one where she’s wearing a costume in a theme restaurant posing the question: “How d’ya like your eggs, hon?”

  5. Claudia says:

    It seems that the liberals are gaining some sense to acknowledge the poor choices C. Griffin is making. She and Hillary should go on a Wine Tour together.

  6. rustyarmor says:

    It’s a good thing he disinvited her. She’s broken. Trump broke her. She was a wild an free filly, and he broke her. That brute. Bet he raked her flanks with sharpened rowels. Just broke her, like all the other old white guys have. *sob!* …. broke her.

  7. Pablo says:

    Stuart Smalley cracks me up, but not for the reason he thinks.

  8. R says:

    If you don’t dump her we’ll dump you

  9. Treadhead says:

    May her next job be….”would you like fries with that”.

  10. Franken laid on the train tracks, until he saw the train.

  11. Ross Vachon says:

    He had to bail on her. She’s toxic now and if you get near her the malodorous squalor will rub off on you.

  12. Shannon says:

    He says he understands Minnesotans…, no you don’t.

  13. Stickman says:

    Kathy Griffin gets emotional over fallout from photo: “I don’t think I will have a career after this. I’m going to be honest, he broke me.”

    • cindystuart says:

      “…He broke me.”
      No dear, you just ruined yourself because of your obviously uncontrollable deep seated hatred of our president. How sad that you felt your disgusting display was appropriate in any venue. Even left wing Al Franken had to distance from your toxicity. You are out of control, unhinged; I hope you receive treatment for your neurosis.

  14. Bill Francis says:

    Franken liked what she did until she began to pay the price of stupidity. Why didn’t he stand up for her? Because he isn’t quire
    as dumb as she is.

  15. BobbySucky says:

    Good. Suck it Kathy.

  16. Frank says:

    Hope he could go back to his comedy act. Leave the governing for the stooges.

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