Kathy Griffin says she's receiving death threats

As for any regrets, Griffin said, "If I could redo the whole thing, I would've used a blow-up doll and no ketchup".

"I'm not afraid of Trump".

The 56-year-old comedian said those statements prompted her to pose with the Trump severed head, which was a mask mounted on a Styrofoam wig mold.

Griffin said the photo was meant to mock Trump's comments during the presidential campaign, when he told CNN that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her - wherever" when she moderated a 2015 presidential debate.

"I make mistakes. I'm an out there comedian, I'm an in your face comedian, but I just wanted to say if you don't stand up you get run over". "I'm teasing the president because this is America and you shouldn't have to die for it".

Multiple members of the Trump family have publicly criticized Griffin for the photos. First Lady Melania Trump has called the photo "very disturbing" and said it "makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it".

Following the release of the photo, the president tweeted, "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself".

Attorney Lisa Bloom says Griffin has retained a criminal attorney, who also appeared at a Friday press conference in which Griffin apologized again for the images.

But Griffin said she believes Trump is now trying to ruin her career.

"It's hurtful to me", Griffin said.

Griffin said her termination "hurt". Griffin's lawyer explained that the photo was created to make fun of Trump's comments he made about Megyn Kelly when he told CNN during his presidential campaign that she had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever".

"I have no desire to threaten him", she said. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this.

"It's quite clear they're trying to use me as a distraction and I'm not going to be collateral damage for this fool", she said.

He said he takes seriously that Minnesotans were upset by her behavior, which he characterized as "inappropriate and not something that should be anywhere" in the national discourse. "He picked the wrong redhead!"

Mitt Romney tweeted, "Our politics have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin's post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory". Harth, a makeup artist hired to work with him on his pageant business, said he groped and sexually assaulted her in 1997.

Meanwhile, Griffin has been receiving some support from her fellow comedians, including Jamie Foxx and Jim Carrey, who spoke exclusively to ET about the photo shoot scandal. Squatty Potty also dropped her as a celebrity spokesperson after recently featuring her in ads for bathroom foot stools, and five of her upcoming standup comedy performances have been canceled.