Kathy Griffin has apologized for taking part in a photo shoot that featured herself holding up a bloody, decapitated head resembling President Donald Trump. "I regret having to make these decisions, but have no choice".
"I'm a comic", said Griffin, a frequent Trump critic. "I cross the line". I moved the line, then I crossed it. The image is too disturbing. The image is too disturbing, I understand how it offends people. "I hope that we can at least agree that it is never amusing to joke about violence about anyone, particularly in this politically charged moment toward our President".
She said she'd ask celebrity photographer Tyler Shields to remove the photo and rejected the idea that she was encouraging violence against the President.
"I beg for your forgiveness". I went way too far.
"This was just so wrong-headed and I told her it was". On Wednesday morning, he said, "My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this".
The Secret Service said it would look into the incident, posting on Twitter that threats against protectees "receive the highest priority of all of our investigations". Minnesota GOP Chairman Jennifer Carnahan posted a statement Tuesday on her Facebook page calling on the senator to cancel the Beverly Hills event.More news: Arsene Wenger signs two-year deal to stay at Arsenal
Others, such as Brooke Baldwin, retweeted Griffin's apology.
"We were shocked and disappointed" by the video, said Bobby Edwards, the company's CEO. But she soon apologized. For a decade she had co-hosted the annual special with CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper.
Comedian Kathy Griffin said she was "not afraid to do images that make noise".
CNN, where Griffin is a co-host for the network's New Year's Eve program, said in a statement characterised the pictures as "disgusting and offensive", adding that it is "evaluating our New Year's coverage".
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney weighed in also, saying that politics "have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin's post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory".