Kathy Griffin Apologizes for Photo Showing Her Holding Decapitated Donald Trump Head

Kathy Griffin took to Twitter on Tuesday, May 30, to apologize for a photo that showed her holding a bloody, decapitated head resembling Donald Trump, after she was slammed on social media by liberals and conservatives alike.

“Hey everybody, it’s me, Kathy Griffin,” she said in a video message on Tuesday. “I sincerely apologize. I’m just now seeing the reaction to 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. I’m going to ask the photographer to take down the image and I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a big mistake and I was wrong.”

Griffin caused outrage across the internet on Tuesday after the image taken by photographer Tyler Shields surfaced online. “Tyler and I are not afraid to do images that make noise,” the comedian said in a behind-the-scenes video posted on YouTube.

The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. condemned the photo, tweeting that it was “Disgusting but not surprising.”

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On the other side of the aisle, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, wrote on Twitter, “This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.”

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Several conservatives expressed outrage online and called for Griffin and photographer Shields to be investigated and arrested. The U.S. Secret Service responded to the controversy, tweeting that it was “On it!” and adding that the branch “has a robust protective intelligence division that monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats.”

Anderson Cooper, who has hosted CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve broadcast with Griffin, tweeted on Tuesday night: “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”

Oliver Darcy, CNN’s senior media reporter, tweeted comments from a CNN spokesperson, who said, “We found what she did disgusting and offensive. We are pleased to see she has apologized.” Darcy added that the New Year’s Eve special was being evaluated.


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Lance Armstrong Is Engaged to Girlfriend Anna Hansen

He’s getting hitched! Lance Armstrong and his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, are engaged. See Her Ring!

The cyclist, 45, announced the news in an Instagram post on Tuesday, May 23. Find out more in the video above, and detailed below!

“She said….. YES!!!!” he captioned a pic of the couple on a boat in Lake Austin, Texas. The future spouses wrapped their arms around each as Hansen showed off her diamond ring.

Armstrong and Hansen met nearly a decade ago and are parents of Max, 7, and Olivia, 6. The athlete is also dad of son Luke, 17, and twin daughters Grace and Isabelle, 15, whom he had with his ex-wife, Kristin Richard.

Anna Hansen Lance Armstrong engagementAnna Hansen and Lance Armstrong attend The New York Times Magazine Relaunch Event on February 18, 2015 in New York City. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Armstrong has previously been linked to Kate Hudson and Sheryl Crow. In March, he opened up about his relationship with the country singer, 55, during an interview with Howard Stern. (The exes called off their five-month engagement in February 2006.)

“It was a good ride. She’s a great lady. Obviously it didn’t work out, but I think and I hope she’s happy,” he said at the time. “She wanted marriage, she wanted children; and not that I didn’t want that, but I didn’t want that at that time because I had just gotten out of a marriage, I’d just had kids. Yet we’re up against her biological clock — that pressure is what cracked it.”