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06/07/2017 10:27 am ET

Jerry Seinfeld Calls Kathy Griffin's Trump Photo 'A Bad Joke'

The comedian defended Griffin amid backlash over the controversial image.

Jerry Seinfeld still doesn’t think Kathy Griffin’s infamous Donald Trump photo is such a big deal.

On Monday night, the comedian once again defended Griffin, who recently came under fire after she shared a photo of herself holding a fake, bloodied prop head made to look like the president. 

“Yes, it was another bad joke. Every comedian tells bad jokes,” Seinfeld told People at the National Night of Laughter and Song. “We all do it. That’s how we find the good jokes. So someone told a bad joke — so what, I don’t understand the big deal.”

Last week, Seinfeld expressed a similar sentiment when asked about the photo at an event in New York City. 

“If every comedian got fired for telling a bad joke, we’d all be out of business,” he told The Insider. 

Actor and comedian Jim Carrey also came to Griffin’s defense last week, telling Entertainment Tonight, “I think it is the job of a comedian to cross the line at all times — because that line is not real.” 

After the intense backlash, Griffin apologized for the photo, which Trump called “sick.” In a video on Twitter, she told her followers she “crossed the line,” adding, “I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people, it wasn’t funny.” 

Griffin later appeared at an emotional press conference, where she slammed the Trump family for bullying her and vowed to “make fun of [Trump] more now.” 

The gory photo has been denounced by various public figures and even prompted an investigation by the Secret Service. Griffin also lost her decade-long gig hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage with Anderson Cooper, and toilet stool company Squatty Potty cut ties with the comedian

Backlash will likely continue on some level, and even though she apologized, Griffin still has a long road to redemption

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