Griffin retracts apology over Trump photo, video
LOS ANGELES — Kathy Griffin retracted her apology for a gory image of a fake Donald Trump head, saying anger against her was overblown and should be directed at Trump and his administration.
A feisty Griffin, interviewed Tuesday on Australian TV in advance of an international comedy tour, slammed the president and his actions as she reversed course from her tearful mea culpa in May. The comedian condemned Trump’s pardon of former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio and the president’s call for a ban on military service by transgender people. She also referred to Trump as a “fool,” among other derogatory terms. Griffin said she lost friends and work, and received death threats during the uproar.
She had quickly apologized in a video in which she called the Trump image “disturbing” and also during a tearful news conference, but was fired from her most highprofile job as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. Comedy gigs were cancelled.