Kathy Griffin is doing damage control and apologizing after a disturbing image of the comedienne holding a decapitated bloody head depicting President Trump went viral this week.
"I'm a comic," she said in an Instagram video. "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."
She also asked for celebrity photographer Tyler Shields to take the photo down.
"I beg for your forgiveness," she added. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong."
The image even got the attention of the president himself, who tweeted Wednesday morning: "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Video of the photo shoot was posted on her website. Her comments to the photographer clearly show she was aware she was playing with fire.
“We could go to prison,” she said. “Federal prison.”
It was a bipartisan panning of the image and video as members of both sides of the political spectrum slammed the idea.
Even her friend, Anderson Cooper, who co-hosts CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage with her, went on the attack.
“For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in,” he said. “It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
CNN issued a statement about Griffin’s fate with the network.
“We found what she did disgusting and offensive. We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down. We are evaluating New Year’s Eve and have made no decisions at this point,” the statement read.
The Secret Service is also taking the photo seriously, saying: "Threats made against Secret Service protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations."