Kathy Griffin took part in a photo shoot where she held up a dummy head covered in blood, conceived to make you think it was Alec Baldw…no, Donald Trump.

Which, of course, is provocative no matter whose effigy it represented. But when you’re pretending the sitting president of the United States is done dead and disembodied or decapitated, depending upon how you slice it, people will sit up and take notice. And take offense. TMZ got a hold of the photos before they were published wherever they were aiming to end up, and the immediate backlash prompted Griffin to deliver a videotaped apology on her Twitter feed last night.

As she says: “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. Taking down the image. 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.”

Do you forgive her? Do you defend her?

CNN fired her from it’s annual New Year’s Eve hosting gig with Anderson Cooper.

But Griffin knew what she was doing…as this behind-the-scenes footage reveals: