Kathy Griffin axed by CNN following ‘offensive’ Trump photo shoot

Katy Griffin will not return as co-host of CNN's annual New Year's Eve program after photos were released of the comedian holding a bloody head resembling that of Donald Trump.

In a statement, the network said, "CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program."

The images sparked huge controversy online with many accusing the comic of taking the joke too far.  

Donald Trump also weighed in, saying the joke was particularly offensive to his 11-year-old son, Barron. 

Kathy then took to Twitter to apologise for her actions admitting, ''I went too far. I was wrong.''

In the video she said: "The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people… I get it."

"I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake, and I was wrong."

The comic was also dismissed by a casino in New Mexico where she was scheduled to perform her stand-up show on July 22.