EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Foxx weighs in on Kathy Griffin controversy: 'Don't kill the comedian'


Jamie Foxx is weighing in on Kathy Griffin's controversial photo shoot, and sharing his thoughts on the importance of comedy in society.

The Oscar winner spoke with ET at the launch party for Prive Revaux luxury sunglasses at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Thursday, where he opened up about the fallout surrounding Griffin's photo shoot, in which she held a facsimile of President Donald Trump's severed head.

"Listen, as comedians, sometimes you do go beyond, past the line," Foxx admitted. "I still love Kathy Griffin. She went past the line, she'll pay for it in the way she pays for it, and we'll go out and we'll laugh with her again."

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Griffin faced immediate backlash for her role in the photo shoot and apologized hours later. However, the 56-year-old comedian was subsequently let go by CNN, where she routinely hosted the New Year's Eve special, alongside Anderson Cooper, for the last 10 years.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: All Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: All Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin arrives at FOX's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular at The Barker Hanger on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Actress Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Emcee Kathy Griffin speaks onstage at Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Emcee Kathy Griffin speaks at Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Kathy Griffin attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_001_1185.JPG (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for CNN)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Kathy Griffin attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Kathy Griffin speaks onstage during the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_002_1366.JPG (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for CNN)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Comedian Kathy Griffin speaks at An Evening With Kathy Griffin at The GRAMMY Museum on November 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Host Kathy Griffin speaks onstage during The Equality Now's 'Make Equality Reality' Event at Montage Beverly Hills on November 3, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Equality Now)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Teri Hatcher and Kathy Griffin arrive at the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Kathy Griffin arrives at the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Kathy Griffin attends the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Kathy Griffin arrives at the 2014 Carousel Of Hope Ball Presented By Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
TV personality Kathy Griffin arrives on the red carpet before the 2014 Best in Drag Show at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on October 5, 2014. The show which sees contestants from all over the US raises money for the Aid for AIDS and Alliance for Housing and Healing charities. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
TIBURON, CA - AUGUST 23: Kathy Griffin emcees the 3rd Annual Hotbed Benefit hosted by the Drever Family Foundation on August 23, 2014 in Tiburon, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)
TIBURON, CA - AUGUST 23: Kathy Griffin emcees the 3rd Annual Hotbed Benefit hosted by the Drever Family Foundation on August 23, 2014 in Tiburon, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)
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Cooper also issued a stern rebuke of the comedian on Twitter, writing, "For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate."

While Foxx said he understands why Griffin is facing blowback for the incident, the 49-year-old performer said it's important for people to have some perspective.

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"Don't kill the comedian," Foxx said. "There's a lot of people out here doing really bad things and every time a comedian says anything, says something about peanuts, [people say], 'You're peanut-shaming!' [A comedian] says something about dolphins [people say], 'Oh my god, you're a dolphin-shamer.' We're the comics, we're entertainers, we don't mean any harm."

"It's not the comedian's fault for everything that's going wrong, man. Trust me. The world is filled with people that mean you harm and we sit and we give them a pass," Foxx continued. "So I know she made her mistake or whatever, and we're all going to make mistakes, but you need us, man, because we're there to make you laugh."

Griffin issued a lengthy apology video hours after the picture was released, where she admitted that she felt she'd "crossed the line."

"I sincerely apologize," Griffin said. "I'm just now seeing the reaction to these images. I'm a comic. I crossed the line. I moved the line, then I crossed it. I went way too far."

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Griffin and her attorney, Lisa Bloom, are expected to hold a press conference on Friday where they will address the photograph. According to a statement released by Bloom, they will "explain the true motivation behind the image."

ET caught up with Jim Carrey at the premiere of the new Showtime comedy I'm Dying Up Here on Wednesday, where the comic responded to the controversy, arguing, "I think it is the job of a comedian to cross the line at all times -- because that line is not real."

Carrey went on to say that comedians are "the last line of defense" and the "last voice of truth" when it comes to American politics today. Check out the video below to hear more.

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