Kathy Griffin Takes Back Apology For Controversial Trump Photo

Kathy Griffin

(Griffin) "No I don't have to apologize for that photo anymore and I think the outrage is complete bs because we have real things to deal with".

TV host Samantha Armytage then asked if Griffin still believed she crossed a line by sharing the graphic image of the president.

Griffin is no longer willing to tiptoe around her controversial comedy while the president of the United States feels no need to monitor the statements he makes.

"For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in", he wrote at the time.

"You're full of c***".

"Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the president of the United States is committing", Griffin said.

In interviews with a pair of Australian TV shows, Griffin said that criticism of the photo was in her words "ridiculous", especially in light of Trump administration actions.

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Her decision to apologize came after Rosie O'Donnell, a regular Trump nemesis, called her to say that the image was too reminiscent of beheadings on journalist James Foley and other Westerners carried out by ISIS, according to NY magazine. Donald Trump and the whole first family attacked her on Twitter, she received death threats from Trump supporters, became the subject of a secret service investigation, lost hosting and stand-up gigs and even best friend Anderson Cooper turned on her.

Griffin cited Trump's ban on transgender people in the military and his pardon of former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Comedian Kathy Griffin says she will not continue to apologize.

Anyway, Griffin - who is embarking on her Laugh Your Head Off tour around Australia, Europe and New Zealand - is rescinding her apologies and going back to being the Griffin we all know and tolerate.

"President Trump just pardoned Joe Arpaio, who was essentially running a concentration camp in the Arizona desert", she told NY magazine in a recent comeback profile.

"I have been through the mill", she told hosts on "Sunrise".

The 56-year-old, via video from L.A., told "Sunrise" that she was on a mission to warn others that this could happen to them and said she had talked to Australians who were now afraid to come to America.

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