Kathy Griffin reveals Megyn Kelly inspired her controversial Donald Trump photo shoot

Kathy Griffin held a press conference on Friday with her lawyer Lisa Bloom to address her controversial Donald Trump beheading photo, which resulted in her being fired from CNN.

The comedian, 56, and Bloom stood at the podium and addressed countless journalists questions regarding the incident, the Trump family's reaction to the photo and the alleged Secret Service investigation into the photo shoot.

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During the press conference, Griffin broke down in tears multiple times when addressing the effect it will have on her career and when she revealed she hasn't talked to her New Years Eve co-host Anderson Cooper since he denounced the photo.

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WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Kathy Griffin speaks during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Kathy Griffin speaks during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Kathy Griffin (C) and her attorney Lisa Bloom speak during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Kathy Griffin speaks during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: A representative from Gateway Pundit speaks at a press conference held by Kathy Griffin and her attorney Lisa Bloom at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Kathy Griffin (C) and her attorney Lisa Bloom speak during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Kathy Griffin and her attorney Lisa Bloom speak during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Kathy Griffin (R) and her attorney Lisa Bloom speak during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Kathy Griffin (R) and her attorney Lisa Bloom speak during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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She also revealed that former FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly -- and Trump's scandalous comments about her -- helped inspire the photo shoot, which showed Griffin holding up a fake, decapitated model of Trump's head covered in blood.

"I really apologize," she said. "I screwed up. Of course, you gotta make fun of Trump. [...] I started thinking of that Megyn Kelly thing -- by the way, I'm sure Megyn Kelly can't stand me. [...] I thought of that blood coming out of her eyes blood or coming out of her wherever."

Griffin was referring to when Trump told CNN's Don Lemon during his candidacy that "you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes ... blood coming out of her wherever" about Kelly.

"Let's make this really obvious that I'm making an absurdist, artsy thing," Griffin continued to explain about her mindset heading into the photo shoot. "For a few photos, I was holding up this wig head and we kept making the hair crazier [...] We just took these pictures, it was interesting. There were a few people in the house. I didn't do anything for money. [...] Let's just give them something to talk about. [...] You interpret it the way you want."

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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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Griffin continued to defend herself amid the "death threats" that she's been receiving since the photo was released earlier this week.

"This is America -- you shouldn't have to die for it," Griffin continued. "The death threats that I've been getting are constant and they are detailed and they are serious and specific. Today, it's me, and, tomorrow, it could be you."

The comedian also addressed President Trump's claims that his 11-year-old son, Barron, had seen the gory photo on television thinking that it was actually his father.

"I'm very vulgar," she admitted. "I'm too vulgar for children. Don't let your children near me!"

Bloom also made some major comments throughout the press conference, during which Griffin often looked to her for guidance on how to respond to certain questions. When a journalist asked Griffin whether she had anything to say to first lady Melania Trump, for example, Griffin looked to Bloom, who appeared to discourage her from saying anything more than "no."

"Kathy Griffin and Donald Trump are not equals," Bloom announced at one point. "We used to hold presidents to a standard that they don't criticize artists and comedians. He's using the power of the federal government against her."

Griffin echoed those statements saying, "He picked me. Don't you get it? I'm the easiest target: D-list comedian Kathy Griffin."

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This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw
Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did th… https://t.co/vs6FeEGyTP
Our politics have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin's post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory.
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.
No one should be shocked at the sick audacity of sick characters. Kathy is a hurting individual. She needs help.... https://t.co/RHpk02ojbJ
It wasn't right when peoplel hung lynched Obama effigies, just as what Kathy Griffin did isn't right now.
For those asking, I said on air that I thought the beheading imagery by Griffin about the president was disgusting and inappropriate.
.@kathygriffin I'm sorry but that is totally inappropriate and so very offensive. And I have to believe you're smart enough to know better.
Nope. Too much. By a very long distance, way too much. https://t.co/I9977nKEAP
This Kathy Griffin thing is so upsetting and disgusting. Jesus--what is wrong with people today? Have we lost all our humanity?
I'm not looking forward to be asked as a comedian if I defend the Kathy Griffin picture... it was clearly not meant to be funny. #No
I'm all for artistic and comedic expression, but I just saw the violent Trump imagery in #KathyGriffin's photo and I find it horrible.
Kathy Griffin is the embodiment of the average American liberal A psychotic lunatic who has more in common with I… https://t.co/arCYwt8pAF
I hope people realize the new precedent Kathy Griffin has set, this is madness. Call CNN advertisers & everyone she… https://t.co/XC9zC8IdLP
Kathy Griffin is the new face of the Democratic party and the newest member of ISIS. The Secret Service should inve… https://t.co/RPGSRRF519
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