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‘I’m no longer sorry’: Why Kathy Griffin is backtracking over Donald Trump images

Comedian Kathy Griffin speaks June 2 in Los Angeles to discuss the backlash since she released a photo and video of her displaying a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head.
Comedian Kathy Griffin speaks June 2 in Los Angeles to discuss the backlash since she released a photo and video of her displaying a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head. The Associated Press

Sorry, not sorry.

That statement can perfectly sum up Kathy Griffin’s feelings over images of the comedian with a severed fake head of President Donald Trump.

Griffin appeared via satellite on Australia’s “Sunrise” morning television show Tuesday to discuss why she’s retracting the apology she issued in May after receiving massive backlash over her actions toward Trump.

“It got so crazy that, after a while, it turned funny,” Griffin told the show’s anchors, David Koch and Sam Armytage, about the reactions and being the subject of a Secret Service investigation.

She added that she took issue with the Trump administration’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff in Arizona, and a ban on transgender troops.

Koch wanted to be clear that she was backing off of her apology.

“I’m no longer sorry,” Griffin said. “The whole outrage was BS ... and I lost everybody,” adding that she lost jobs and friends while receiving death threats. “These Trump fans, they’re hardcore.”

When Armytage said that even people who aren’t Trump supporters said the act was out of line, Griffin fired back.

“You’re full of crap,” Griffin said. “Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the president of the United States is committing,” warning that it can happen to anyone.

Griffin, 56, apologized after her picture went viral. In the wake of the incident, which she said was all about comedy, she lost her gig as a host on CNN’s New Year’s Eve Celebration and several of her comedy shows were canceled.

“I sincerely apologize,” a teary-eyed Griffin said in May. “I’m just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic; I crossed the line. ... I went way too far.”

Griffin appeared on the Australian show from Los Angeles to promote her “Laugh Your Head Off” world tour, which begins Oct. 19 in New Zealand and has four dates set for Australian locations. She’ll also visit several European cities.

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