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Kathy Griffin Apologizes After Anti-Trump Photo Shoot Goes Viral

The comedian addressed the controversy in a video apology.

Kathy Griffin stirred up controversy on Tuesday after the release of a photo shoot starring the comedian went viral. It featured Kathy holding up a replica of President Donald Trump's bloody and decapitated head. It quickly received backlash from a number of individuals including Chelsea Clinton and the Secret Service. After the image spread across the internet, Kathy released a video apology.

"I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I'm a comic," she said in the video, which she posted on Twitter. "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 ask your forgiveness. Taking down the image, gonna ask the photographer [Tyler Shields] to take down the image and I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong."

The president responded to the release of the photo on Twitter, noting that his children were "having a hard time" with the image.

UPDATE: kathy has since been terminated by CNN's New Year's Eve, according to the network. “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program," they tweeted out on Wednesday.

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