Changes: Chris Stapleton, Kathy Griffin, The Weeknd, Jim Gaffigan
Chris Stapleton puts three weeks of his “All-American Road Show” tour on hold … Kathy Griffin’s Albuquerque show is called off and CNN has canned her New Year’s Eve hosting gig … The Weeknd cancels tonight’s show in Quebec City … Jim Gaffigan nixes his Australia/New Zealand tour.
A reason for Chris Stapleton’s sudden postponement hasn’t been revealed. The country singer/songwriter was supposed to take the stage on Thursday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. That show and the rest of his performances through June 17 at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, Ind., are being rescheduled.
The postponed shows include Mountain View, Calif.; Wheatland, Calif.; Southaven, Miss., Birmingham, Ala.; Charleston, W.Va.; and Cincinnati.
His June 11 appearance at CMA Music Festival is canceled.
A post on Stapleton’s website says, “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Hold on to your tickets for now and stay tuned for updates. … Thank you for your patience and support.”
Although a reason for the Kathy Griffin cancellation at Route 66 Casino hasn’t been given, one can’t help but wonder if it has anything to do with the fallout after her gruesome President Trump photoshoot stunt.
The Albuquerque, N.M., venue simply posted the following message on its Facebook page May 30: The performance by Kathy Griffin on July 22nd has been cancelled. Edit: Any guests that did purchase tickets will receive a full refund.”
In a tweet that has since been deleted, Griffin reportedly said she did not “condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone” but defended the image that showed her holding a bloody likeness of Trump’s decapitated head, as “merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.” The photograph was taken by photographer Tyler Shields.
Yesterday she walked back the remarks and issued an apology in a video posted on her social media channels.
“Hey everybody, it’s me, Kathy Griffin. 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. 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’ve asked 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.”
As of post time, the Albuquerque gig is the only event that has been canceled. Griffin’s Oct. 13 show at The Sunset Center in Carmel, Calif., may be up in the air.
The venue posted the following message on its Facebook page May 30: “Sunset Center does not endorse or condone the actions of performers scheduled in our theater. We apologize for any angst this has caused any of our patrons or supporters. We are in contact with Ms. Griffin’s representatives and hope to have additional information soon.”
Griffin’s longstanding job co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve show with Anderson Cooper has come to an end. The network issued a statement May 31 saying it had terminated its agreement with Griffin. She had co-hosted the show since 2007.
The comedian also lost her ad campaign with Squatty Potty, which sells toilet stools “designed to put you in the natural squatting position right over your own toilet.”
“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,” Squatty Potty posed on Facebook May 30. “In response, Squatty Potty has suspended its ad campaign featuring Ms. Griffin. We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance.”
Trump responded to the gory photo in a tweet, saying, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
The Weeknd’s run of Canadian performances has come to a halt with the cancellation of his March 31 show at Centre Vidéotron in Quebec City, Quebec.
Live Nation told management that the concert was nixed because of food poisoning, according to a tweet from the venue.
Ticketholders can expect refunds back to their credit cards within 7 to 10 working days. Visit the venue’s Facebook page for more information.
The Weeknd is due back on stage June 2 for a show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Jim Gaffigan’s Australian/New Zealand excursion is cancelled “in light of his wife Jeannie’s ongoing illness,” according to an announcement from promoter Frontier Touring.
The tour was supposed to take place Aug. 9-19, with stops in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Gaffigan posted the statement from Frontier on his Facebook page and added, “Sad but true. I must cancel my New Zealand & Australia NOBLE APE TOUR dates. I hope to rebook in the near future. All other Noble Ape Tour dates in the United States are still on.”
Tickets purchased via credit and debit card will be automatically refunded to the card used. Visit Frontier’s website for more information regarding refunds for tickets purchased using cash or EFTPOS.
Jeannie Gaffigan, who directed, co-wrote and executive produced Jim Gaffigan’s latest comedy special, Cinco, had a large tumor around her brain stem that was life threating. The comedian revealed to fans May 1 that the tumor was completely removed after nine hours of urgent surgery.