Comedian Kathy Griffin apologized for a picture of her holding a prop of President Trump’s severed head on May 30. Griffin came under fire from both conservatives and liberal figures for the image. (AP)

Kathy Griffin continued to drown in backlash over a gruesome photo shoot that has enraged President Trump, drawn bipartisan criticism, and could endanger her relationship with CNN, for whom she co-hosts an annual New Year’s Eve show.

The comedian and reality TV star apologized Tuesday night for a shocking picture in which she was seen holding a prop of Trump’s bloody, severed head.

In a video posted on social media, Griffin said she crossed the line and that the image was too disturbing.

“I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images,” she said of the picture.

Multiple members of the Trump family have spoken out. The president, returning from his “covfefe” break Wednesday morning, attacked Griffin over the widely denounced image, which Trump called “sick!”

Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. was especially incensed, tweeting the photo was “disgusting but not surprising.”

Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS? https://t.co/QdghcbIjS7

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 30, 2017

Melania Trump said in a statement that, “As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”

Griffin, a veteran stand-up comedian and actress who has won two Emmys for her reality show “My Life on the D List,” had shared the image in a now-deleted tweet.

“I caption this ‘there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his … wherever,’” she wrote Tuesday.

In a second tweet, she added: “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.”

The photo was shot by Tyler Shields, whose own biography notes that he is “recognized as ‘Hollywood’s favorite photographer,’” having evolved from the “‘bad boy of photography,’ with his controversial bloodstained photographic series featuring Lindsay Lohan.”

Griffin said Tuesday night that she has asked Shields to take down the image.

[Trump targets ‘negative press covfefe’ in garbled midnight tweet that becomes worldwide joke]

Criticism came from liberals and conservatives, including former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Chelsea Clinton.

Our politics have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin’s post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory.

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 30, 2017

But even people who do not usually defend Trump expressed repulsion at the image.

Chelsea Clinton called the photo “vile and wrong.”

This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 30, 2017

Responding to a comment that “it’s also ‘art’, it doesn’t hurt anyone,” Clinton said of Griffin and her gory photo: “I can both respect her right to freedom of speech, which I do, and think it’s not funny and not ok.”

Nice to see near universal, bipartisan, condemnation of Kathy Griffen’s attempt at humor. Pictures like these are never funny.

— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) May 31, 2017

CNN, where Griffin is a co-host for the network’s New Year’s Eve program, called the picture “disgusting and offensive,” adding in a statement that it is “evaluating our New Year’s coverage.”

Trump Jr. continued to tweet about Griffin, needling CNN to take action.

So “Squatty Potty” pulls the plug on #KathyGriffin but @CNN still “evaluating” and weighing their options. Insane what’s going on there!!! https://t.co/yfCChwMxPB

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 31, 2017

Thanks Jake, but you didn’t say if you thought @CNN should sever their ties to her and stop putting her on air. Let us know. Thx https://t.co/jaFmULmboZ

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 31, 2017

Her New Year’s Eve co-host, Anderson Cooper, tweeted that he was “appalled by the photo shoot.”

For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 31, 2017

At least one company is distancing itself from Griffin: The Utah-based producer of Squatty Potty toilet stools and Unicorn Gold bathroom products said it was suspending a new ad campaign starring the comedian.

“We were shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared today,” Squatty Potty chief executive Bobby Edwards said in a statement. “It was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for. In response, Squatty Potty has suspended its ad campaign featuring Ms. Griffin. We have acted swiftly and decisively to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of decency, civility, and tolerance.”

[These protesters wanted to humiliate ‘Emperor’ Trump. So they took off his clothes.]

Griffin has been critical of Trump in the past.

Speaking with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews about Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, she said “he just says one hateful thing after the other. He’s so embarrassing.”

On “The View,” she called Trump “insufferable.”

Griffin has also shown support for one of Trump’s biggest critics in Congress.

Firing up #TheResistance with @KathyGriffin at my Town Hall tonight! Full capacity crowd, no Russian agents. #ImwithTedpic.twitter.com/DlsIb86zEY

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 21, 2017

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly before Griffin’s apology, Shields, the photographer, said that he and the comedian had discussed doing something. She told him: “I’m not afraid to get political if you want or make a statement if you want.”

Shields added: “Fortunately, we have freedom of speech and all art is generally protected by these things, but again, this was her first thought, ‘Will you bail me out of jail?’ You know, again, it wasn’t, ‘I don’t want to do this because I might go to jail.’ It was like, ‘Well, I’m gonna do it and whatever happens, happens.’”

Regarding potential backlash, he said: “It’s this thing of, ‘Well, I want everyone to like me. I want everyone to like the work that I make, especially young artists.’ You want people to love you, but part of that is that if you make things that are polarizing, people are gonna hate it. I think there will be a lot of people who will absolutely hate this, but again, that’s the beauty of it. That’s the fun of making things.

“Am I saying that anyone should actually be killed? No, it’s like a movie. How many movies are there where the president gets killed or this happens? Tons upon tons. But again, when it’s an image, especially an image like this, people don’t see it like that. They see it as reality and that’s why it’s so shocking to some people.”

Can you go to jail for making an artistic statement??? Asking for a friend… @kathygriffin

— Tyler Shields (@tylershields) May 27, 2017

The photographer told the New York Daily News that “when you make art, you can do anything you want.”

But Griffin said that ultimately she and Shields went too far.

“I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny — I get it,” she said in her Tuesday night apology. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue. I ask your forgiveness. Taking down the image. Going to ask the photographer to take down the image. And I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong.”

At least one person close to the president wasn’t ready to accept Griffin’s apology.

The #kathygriffin phony apology would be a lot easier to believe if there wasn’t a video of her mocking the response she knew was coming.

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 31, 2017

Krissah Thompson contributed to this report.

This post has been updated.

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