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Theaters in NJ, Staten Island cancel Kathy Griffin shows

Posted at 6:08 AM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 08:15:47-04

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — New Jersey’s State Theatre and The St. George Theatre have canceled performances by Kathy Griffin the comedian after she posed with a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head.

In making its announcement on Facebook Thursday, the theater in New Brunswick said it made its decision “after careful consideration of recent events and for the safety of our patrons.”

Griffin was scheduled to perform in her “Celebrity Run-In” tour at the theater on Nov. 3. Those who bought tickets will receive a refund.

The St. George Theatre also plans to issue refunds.

“Ms. Griffin’s recent actions have severely inhibited our ability to fulfill our mission as a non-profit theatre serving the Staten Island community,” the St. George Theatre wrote on Facebook.

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.

TMZ first reported on the photo shoot, and photographer Tyler Shields posted a Tweet from TMZ and a behind-the-scenes YouTube video of the shoot with Griffin.

“We have to move to Mexico today because we’re going to go to prison – federal prison,” Griffin joked to Shields in the video.

Within hours, Griffin posted an apology video on Twitter, saying, “I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.”