Kathy Griffin has apologized for photos showing herself holding what appears to be Donald Trump’s decapitated head.
The comedian expressed her regret in an emotional video that she tweeted on Tuesday. “I sincerely apologize — I am just now seeing the reaction of these images,” she said. “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.”
Griffin continued in the video, “It wasn’t funny — I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue. I asked your forgiveness, [I’m] taking down the image, 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.”
The star also wrote on Twitter, “I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.”
Among those condemning the images were CNN’s Jake Tapper. “For those asking, I said on air that I thought the beheading imagery by Griffin about the president was disgusting and inappropriate,” Tapper tweeted.
Some people have tweeted that Griffin should be removed as co-host of CNN’s annual “New Year’s
The images of Griffin holding up a bloody head were posted to photographer Tyler Shields’ blog on Tuesday. In a behind-the-scenes video about the shoot, Griffin praised Shields as “wildly talented,” and said that the two of them “are not afraid to do images that make noise.”
Watch her apology below.