Comedian Kathy Griffin apologized Tuesday, hours after posting a horrific and shocking photo of her posing with a bloody mask representing a beheaded President Trump.
After outrage poured in from both sides of the political aisle, Griffin admitted her unfunny stunt went too far.
“I sincerely apologize,” Griffin said in a video. “I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic. I crossed the line.
She 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.”
Even Trump’s toughest critics were turned off by the offensive display, which features a stone-faced Griffin holding aloft the fake Trump head like a terrorist inspiring her twisted troops.
Earlier, Griffin cluelessly defended the display as nothing more than “art,” but the Secret Service took it seriously enough to weigh in.
“On it!” the agency tweeted. “@SecretService . . . monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats. Threats made against @SecretService protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations.”
After posing for photographer Tyler Shields and posting the slow-motion video on her Twitter feed, Griffin followed it up with an insensitive social media screed.
“I caption this ‘There was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his. . . wherever,’” Griffin tweeted. “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.”
But the damage was already done, and the retribution was fierce.
“Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today,” Trump’s son Donald Jr. tweeted. “They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS.”
Griffin was trending on social media for much of the day, and her reviews were not good.
“What Kathy Griffin has done here is shocking and wrong,” wrote Evan Siegfried. “It’s behavior that should be condemned by all.”
Shields, who shot the shocking photo, also defended the image as “art.”
Shields said the photo was mostly Griffin’s idea.
“She came to me,” Shields said. “She said she’d like to do something political, that she’d love to do something that makes a statement. It’s always a collaboration.
It wasn’t completely her, but it wasn’t completely me, either. Without Kathy, I would have never done a photo like that.”
Griffin’s controversial photo surfaced more than a year after comedian George Lopez tweeted a picture of a drawing depicting Trump’s detached head held up by Mexican drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman.
Musician Marilyn Manson, meanwhile, beheaded a character in a dark suit and red tie — both trademarks of Trump — in his music video for the song “SAY10” last November.
In March, Trump himself decried a Snoop Dogg video featuring the rapper aiming a gun at the head of a Trump look-alike.
“Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!” Trump tweeted.
Griffin has been an outspoken critic of the President and includes bits about him and his family in her standup shows.
But the fallout began late Tuesday as toilet stool company Squatty Potty announced it was dumping Griffin from its latest ad campaign.
Griffin is well-known for appearing on CNN’s New Year’s coverage with Anderson Cooper.
“For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate,” Cooper tweeted.
But the white-haired host may be without a date this New Year’s Eve.
“We found what she did disgusting and offensive,” a CNN spokeswoman said. “We are evaluating New Year’s Eve and have made no decisions at this point.”