Decapitated Trump head 'way too far' - Kathy Griffin

  • 01/06/2017
Kathy Griffin's infamous decapitated Trump head photo (supplied)
Kathy Griffin's infamous decapitated Trump head photo (supplied)

US President Donald Trump says comedian Kathy Griffin "should be ashamed of herself" for appearing in a video holding what looked like Mr Trump's bloody, severed head.

In a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday morning, Mr Trump said, "My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!"

Griffin, who helped with CNN's New Year's Eve coverage, has apologised, saying that the brief video was "too disturbing" and wasn't funny.

"I went too far," she said in a second video. "I sincerely apologise."

CNN has since confirmed they've let her go.

"CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program," CNN spokesman Shimrit Sheetrittold USA Today.

"We found what she did disgusting and offensive."

Griffin's co-host Anderson Cooper also condemned the photograph.

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

Many people online have called for Griffin to be jailed.

The US comedian first said she does not condone violence after a shock photo from the shoot, taken by Tyler Shields and obtained exclusivity by TMZ, surfaced online.

She later tweeted a video of herself, looking sombre and makeup-free, apologising for the ordeal.

"I sincerely apologise. I'm just now seeing the reaction of these images. I'm a comic, I cross the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far," she said.

"The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny. I get it. I've made a lot of mistakes in my career; I will continue. I ask your forgiveness. [I'm] taking down the image. [I'm] 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."