Kathy Griffin Issues Apology For Gory Anti-Trump Photo

Tuesday afternoon was one of those rare times when both Trump supporters and protesters came together to defend the President after comedian Kathy Griffin delivered a very gruesome visual joke that went too far.

Griffin caused a massive outrage after photos from her collaboration with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields were posted online. The funnywoman shared a disturbing image of herself holding a decapitated and bloody head of what appears to be Donald Trump.

The bizarre photo was accompanied by an exclusive behind-the-scenes video posted to YouTube in which the Griffin claims that her and Tyler “are not afraid to do images that make noise.”

Shared has not included the photo in this article due to its graphic nature.

Soon after the photo’s release, the image surely garnered a lot of noise. The backlash began to pour in from both liberals and conservatives including some well-known celebrities and members of the Trump clan.

Donald Trump Jr. called the image “disgusting but not surprising” while former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton emphasized that “it is never funny to joke about killing a president.”

Actress Debra Messing, a known Trump protester also chimed in:  

Griffin initially stood her ground and refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing and simply offered a short explanation saying:

2/ OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017

However after receiving a ton of negative reaction, the stand-up comedian took to Twitter to issue an apology.

Read what she says and President Trump’s response on the next page.

A few hours after the photo made waves on the Internet, Griffin uploaded a video-message to her Twitter page to apologize for the photoshoot.

“I sincerely apologize. I’m just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic, I cross the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far,” she said.

“The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career; I will continue. I ask your forgiveness. (I’m) taking down the image. (I’m) going to ask the photographer to take down the image and I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong.”

President Trump responded the next morning through a tweet in which he claimed that his children especially his 11-year-old son is deeply affected by the tasteless joke and “are having a hard time.”

As of Wednesday morning, Kathy already started to lose endorsements including her deal with Squatty Potty.

“We were shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared today, it was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for. In response, Squatty Potty has suspended its ad campaign featuring Ms. Griffin,” CEO Bobby Edwards said in a statement.

She’s also had to bid adieu to her CNN gig as the co-host of the networks annual New Year’s Eve program. The news network’s decision to cut ties with Griffin was confirmed in a statement released early Wednesday afternoon.

Griffin has yet to comment on her firing, she has remained silent since making an apology.

Do you think Kathy Griffin went too far? Sound off in the comments.

After Almost 40 Years, Neil Diamond Revealed The Story Behind “Sweet Caroline”

Everyone knows the song. Over 40 years since it was officially released on September 16, 1969, Sweet Caroline is practically an anthem for every karaoke singer who every bravely stepped up to the mic.

Whether you’re an artist or an engineer, inspiration to create can come from the simplest things. In Neil Diamond’s case, it was a photograph that inspired the hit single. When he wrote the song, Diamond likely had no idea that it would go platinum for sales of one million singles.

Nearly 40 years later, Neil Diamond revealed the secret muse that inspired Sweet Caroline and it all started with a picture in a magazine he had spotted some years before putting pen to paper…

It was an instant classic, a sweet tune that just makes you feel good the moment you hear it.

The catchy song has been played everywhere, from Fenway Park to wedding receptions. It’s the kind of song that you can’t help but sing along to, which likely contributed to its chart-topping success in the United States and later, in the UK.

Years before he penned the popular earworm, Diamond was flipping through a magazine at a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. One photograph stopped him in his tracks and tugged at his heartstrings:

“It was a picture of a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony,” Diamond said. “It was such an innocent, wonderful picture, I immediately felt there was a song in there.”

His instinct was right, but it took a few more years for the song to emerge. The memory of that sweet image never left his mind and one day it surfaced again. His career was flagging and he was in desperate need of something to refresh his sound. Sure enough, “Sweet Caroline” would be the song to do it.

Though many asked him, he never revealed the source of his inspiration. It wasn’t until 40 years later, that he would finally reveal his secret to the press and the song’s subject, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg’s, at her 50th birthday celebration.

“I’ve never discussed it with anybody before – intentionally,” Diamond, 66, told Associated Press. “I thought maybe I would tell it to Caroline when I met her someday.”

“I’m happy to have gotten it off my chest and to have expressed it to Caroline. I thought she might be embarrassed, but she seemed to be struck by it and really, really happy.”

[h/t The Guardian]

Bill O’Reilly Debuts His New Show, Announces His First Ever CNN Appearance

One of America’s most popular TV hosts is ready to stage a comeback after being off the air for almost 4 months.

Bill O’Reilly’s cable news show The O’Reilly Factor was one of the most popular shows on Fox News, regularly drawing more than 3 million viewers and consistently ranking as the #1 most-watched cable news show.

But the hugely popular talk show host has been off the air since April, after news broke that Fox News has paid millions to settle sexual harassment lawsuits against O’Reilly.

Protesters outside of Fox headquarters in April.VOA News

While O’Reilly denied all allegations, he was fired by Fox in April and his show was cancelled. Since then fans have been waiting to see what the host would do next, and O’Reilly has revealed he received “a lot of offers” from Fox’s competition.

Now, O’Reilly has finally revealed his next project, and along with his new show he’s announced another historic step for his career: his first ever appearance on CNN.

Find out how you can watch the new show on the next page!

While Fox host Tucker Carlson has taken over O’Reilly’s slot, fans will still be able to watch the newsman in a new nightly show.

Carlson replaced O’Reilly when his show ended after 11 years on the air.Business Insider

Since leaving Fox O’Reilly has been covering the news in a daily podcast on his No Spin News website. This week, he surprised fans with a special video version of the show, announcing that would be the show’s new format from now on.

O’Reilly films his No Spin News show in the new studio.Daily Mail

O’Reilly is back behind a desk in a new studio wearing a suit again, in a nightly 30-minute news and interview show. To stream the online show you’ll have to pay a subscription fee, which also unlocks podcasts and articles from O’Reilly.

CNN host Michael Smerconish.CNN

One of the first guests on O’Reilly’s new show, CNN host Michael Smerconish, has also shared some exciting news. Next month, O’Reilly will be a gust on Smerconish’s Saturday morning show, marking O’Reilly’s first appearance on CNN.

O’Reilly has appeared on other networks, including NBC and CBS, but never CNN.CBS

Along with the new web-show and interviews, O’Reilly has continued to publish his bestselling history book series, including the newest entry Killing England, which goes on sale in September.

On a recent show O’Reilly said that the TV business is a “nasty, dirty game” and he’s “not in a hurry” to get back into it, no matter what his fans say.

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Hustler Founder Larry Flynt Offers $10M Bounty For People To Help Bring Down Trump

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more controversial, yet prolific, figure in American history as Hustler Magazine founder Larry Flynt.

NY Daily News

The Magoffin County, Kentucky native started his career managing several bars in his hometown, eventually turning them into the first ones in the county to feature topless waitresses. He originally distributed Hustler as a newsletter for his clubs, but this soon ballooned into its own enterprise.

Hustler Magazine

Once the magazine took off, Flynt found himself at the center of controversy almost immediately. He was tried in court for obscenity several times, briefly serving jail time before being acquitted. During one of these trials, he and his lawyer were shot by serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who claimed to have been outraged by an interracial pornography shoot featured in Hustler.

NY Times

Flynt survived the attack but was paralyzed from the waist down and forced to spend the remainder of his life in a wheelchair. This did not deter Flynt in any way however, as his empire continued to grow, and he ultimately fathered four children between two of his wives. Director Oliver Stone famously recreated the man’s life in the 1996 film The People Vs. Larry Flynt, where he was played by Woody Harrelson.

Access Hollywood

Suffice to say, Flynt’s never been one to shy away from controversy. However, his most recent stunt might be his most controversial yet, as this time his sights aren’t set on the legal system or his competitors, but the current President of the United States of America; Donald Trump.

Flynt’s putting up a pretty serious offer here…

Flynt has been a vocal member of the Democratic party for years, and has never been shy on his feelings about the candidates put forward by the Republican party. Trump in particular has elicited some very direct comments from him.

Page Six

“Whatever comes out of his [Trump’s] mouth, he lies. We’ve never had a president like this in all the history of the country. And he gets away with it. And the press let him get away with it” Flynt said in an interview with LEO Weekly.

Los Angeles Times

Even during the election cycle, Flynt was highly critical of Trump’s attitudes, stating that “I have always celebrated women. Women in all shapes and sizes. To treat a woman like Mr. Trump himself has is both disappointing and unbelievable, especially coming from someone who wants to be our President.”

Washington Examiner

As a result, Flynt posted an ad in the New York Times on Sunday, Oct. 15 2017, offering a whopping $10 Million for anyone with video evidence that could lead to Trump’s impeachment.

First revealed by Fox Business before hitting the papers, the ad calls Trump an “illegitimate” president who “was installed only by the quirks of our antiquated Electoral College.” Flynt also describes what he calls Trump’s “unconscionable defense of the KKK and neo-Nazis after the Charlottesville riots.”

It should be noted that this is not the first time that Flynt has made offers like this. In fact, his offers for dirt on politicians have actually gotten results; he unearthed incriminating evidence leading to the resignation of incoming House Speaker Bob Livingston in 1998, as well as politician David Vitter in 2007.

It will be interesting to see if Flynt’s ad sees anyone come forward.

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates Saves Food Bank From Closing

When the Concrete Food Bank heard that its doors could potentially close for the last time, the organization feard not for themselves, but for the community they serve.

Concrete is a small town in Skagit County, Washington, just Northeast of Seattle. There are only about 716 residents living in Concrete, but the Food Bank has been a vital operation since 2004.

There isn’t another food bank within 20 miles, so its closing would have devastated so many patrons that rely on this necessary service.

One loyal American couldn’t stand by and watch others suffer, find out what former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates did to save the day…

Food bank volunteers were worried when the county put the building up for sale, as the organization didn’t have enough money to buy it, or move to another location.

As a resident of the small town, former U.S.  Defense Secretary Robert Gates heard about the Food Bank’s plight and knew that he couldn’t stand by and do nothing. He generously wrote a check to the Concrete Food Bank for  $11,500 in late June to cover the cost of purchasing the building, then later donated an additional $5,000.

Nearly 6 million senior citizens face hunger in the United States, may of them are forced to choose between buying groceries or paying for medicare.

To learn more about how you can contribute to programs like Feeding America, follow the link.

[h/t Military Times / Feeding America/ Skagit Valley Herald]