Kathy Griffin Apologizes for Gruesome Trump Photo but Backlash Builds

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Squatty Potty, a Utah-based company whose products include toilet stools and other bathroom accessories, said it was suspending an ad campaign that featured Griffin.

"If CNN dares to pull me live, I'll be walking right over to New Year's Rockin' Eve to give Dick Clark a lap dance", she told the Hollywood Reporter. Al Franken told CNBC on Thursday.

'I sincerely apologize, ' she said.

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First Lady Melania Trump was another high-profile and very vocal critic of Tyler Shields' Kathy Griffin photo shoot, as she called the photo depicting her beheaded husband "very disturbing" while suggesting Griffin may have some mental health issues.

It is clear that the photo - posted Tuesday on TMZ - was not a spontaneous gaffe.

The announcement came after Griffin made a public apology to her followers, admitting that she had gone "way too far". "Because we're going to prison, federal prison". But the photographer doesn't appear to be backing down one bit, despite receiving tons of criticism from Donald Trump supporters who took offense to the imagery used in his shoot with the comedian.

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"Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself", Trump tweeted. My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Although SE Cupp complained that the comedian's image brought to mind other gruesome events, that is something Cupp needs to deal with in therapy instead of puritanical prose created to promote her prime time show.

While many understood each of Nugent's comments as figurative and not literal threats of assassination, his threats sparked widespread outrage - but not from Trump, who was peddling conspiracy theories about Obama's birth certificate at the time.

"Clearly there is a history of the Hollywood left feeling emboldened to make outrageous statements about conservatives", former GOP strategist Alice Stewart observed. The Secret Service later said the matter had been resolved with no further action. Since 2007 she has co-hosted CNN's New Year's Eve coverage with Anderson Cooper. Her remarks barely registered on cable news' registry.

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And look where we are in the end: Griffin was sacked and Trump is president.

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