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Rosie O’Donnell: I told Kathy Griffin to apologize for Trump photo shoot

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She’s one of President Trump’s most outspoken celebrity critics, but Rosie O’Donnell calls Kathy Griffin’s photo shoot with a prop made to look like the commander in chief’s severed head a “mistake.”

“You take what the enemy does to terrorize Americans — cuts off the head of [journalists] Daniel Pearl and James Foley — and when I saw the image, that’s the first thing I thought was, ‘Kathy, that’s wrong,’ ” O’Donnell told Howard Stern on the radio host’s eponymous SiriusXM show on Monday.

“What Kathy did, I think, was a mistake,” said O’Donnell, who’s engaged in a long-running feud with Trump.


Griffin created a firestorm in May when she posted a snapshot by photographer Tyler Shields of her holding a decapitated head resembling Trump.

“I’m the one — I called her and told her right away, ‘You take it down. You pick up your iPhone, you apologize,’ ” O’Donnell said.

Griffin, 57, did just that, posting a video on Twitter saying she went “way too far.”

However, in an August interview with Australia’s Seven Network, Griffin rescinded her apology, saying she was “no longer sorry.”

O’Donnell, 55, called the bloody photo the “wrong decision,” saying Griffin isn’t exactly a cultural critic: “She’s a comic that talks about the Kardashians.”

Griffin was interviewed by the Secret Service over the incident, and she was fired from a recurring gig co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special with Anderson Cooper.

Despite her opposition to Griffin’s gory photo, O’Donnell wasn’t without criticism for Trump, who she’s called “mentally unstable.”

The “SMILF” actress and former talk show host told Stern that there was “no way in God’s green Earth” that Trump — who once called her a “pig” — would serve his entire term as president.

“I don’t think,” O’Donnell said, “I know it with every cell in my body.”

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