LOS ANGELES - Kathy Griffin is taking back her apology for a photo in which she held up a fake severed head of President Donald Trump.

In interviews with a pair of Australian TV shows, Griffin said that criticism of the photo was in her words "ridiculous," especially in light of Trump administration actions.

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The comedian also criticized Trump's pardon of former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio and the president's call for a ban on military service by transgender people.

Griffin spoke to Australian TV hosts this week to promote her upcoming international comedy tour.