Comedienne Kathy Griffin caused a firestorm on Twitter May 30 after she posted a picture of herself and a fake severed head of President Donald Trump (video below).
According to TMZ, Griffin was photographed by Tyler Shields, who has a reputation for shocking pictures.
Griffin reportedly joked that she and Shields would have to flee to Mexico to avoid prison.
After hours of outrage on Twitter, Griffin removed the tweet, and replaced it with a video apology:
I sincerely apologize. I am 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 ask your forgiveness, taking down the image, gonna 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.
Griffin's CNN co-host for New Year's Eve, Anderson Cooper, tweeted his disapproval of the image: "For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate."
CNN issued a statement to Mediaite.com that seemed to call into question Griffin's status for its New Year's Eve 2017 broadcast:
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.
ABC News host Jake Tapper also weighed in on Twitter: "For those asking, I said on air that I thought the beheading imagery by Griffin about the president was disgusting and inappropriate."
Chelsea Clinton condemned Griffin's original tweet with her own tweet: "This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president."
Scottie Nell Hughes, a Trump surrogate who often appears on CNN, tweeted her condemnation: "When will HOLLYWOOD stop trying to get laughs by encouraging violence/hate. I hope u will stand w/ me & say [Kathy Griffin] crossed the line."
Donald Trump Jr., whose father has attacked people for years on Twitter, tweeted his thoughts: "Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS?"
Revelist noted in November 2016 some of the numerous racist and threatening pictures that were put on social media against former President Barack Obama following his election win in 2008.
Sources: Kathy Griffin/Twitter, Anderson Cooper/Twitter, Mediaite.com, Jake Tapper/Twitter, Chelsea Clinton/Twitter, Scottie Nell Hughes/Twitter, Donald Trump Jr./Twitter, Revelist, TMZ / Photo credit: Sgt. Dallas Walker/Wikimedia Commons