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Kathy Griffin Fired From CNN After Apologizing For Severed Trump Head Photo

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Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Oh my.

Comedian Kathy Griffin did a photo shoot with photographer Tyler Shields, where she holds Trump's severed, bloody head high:

As is expected with imagery containing gorey, severed body parts--even fake ones--everyone is freaking, including her longtime collaborator Anderson Cooper. Griffin's employer, CNN, has reportedly let her go from her New Year's Eve hosting gig: "CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program," the network announced.

The President's 11-year-old son, Barron, appears to have seen the image online and thought it to be his real dad's head, which, naturally, led to some sharp criticisms from Melania:

Now, in response to the backlash, Griffin is profusely apologizing, just hours after the images first broke online through TMZ. This is a surprising contradiction from the woman who justified her actions yesterday by nicknaming herself the "Mocker-in-Chief," and emphasizing that she's an "artist" while shooting with Shields on set in a since-deleted video.

"I sincerely apologize," she said. "I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I'm a comic, I crossed the line. 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 mistake in my career, I will continue. I asked your forgiveness, I'm taking down the image. I'm asking the photographer [Tyler Shields] to take down the image. I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake. And I was wrong."

Watch Griffin's apology video, below.

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