Trump says comic should be ashamed for severed head video

Kathy Griffin says went way too far when she appeared in a brief video Tuesday holding what looked like President Donald Trump's bloody, severed head.

The images have been removed from Shields website and social media channels, though other images from the Griffin photo shoot remain. The photos can be seen here.

Griffin took to Twitter, where she posted a 31-second video message, she captioned as, "I am sorry. I went too far", she said. "The image is too disturbing, I understand how it offends people, it wasn't amusing, I get it". "I understand how it offends people, it wasn't amusing, I get it".

"I sincerely apologise I am just now seeing the reaction of these images", she said of the picture first published by TMZ.

Some of Trump's most adamant critics were also disturbed by it. Anderson Cooper, from CNN and known critic of Donald Trump, tweeted saying: "For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in". I say ridiculous things, I make mistakes constantly.

In a post on his Twitter account Wednesday morning, the president says, "My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this". "I'm taking down the image, and asked the photographer to take down the image, and I beg for your forgiveness".

"This is vile and wrong", Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wrote on Twitter.

The network says it has terminated its agreement with the comedian to appear on its New Year's Eve programs.

In light of the images, Squatty Potty, a line of footstools for toilets, pulled from air a new ad campaign starring Griffin.

"We're not surviving this, okay?" she said in the footage.

Additionally, Route 66 Casino Hotel in New Mexico announced on Facebook it had canceled a performance by Griffin scheduled for July at the resort.

The backlash prompted Griffin to tweet a video of herself apologizing.

  • Jacqueline Ellis