A stark statement, but not funny.
She also forgot her audience and as such, made herself a mess. And then? She apologized for it.
Oh Kathy, Kathy, Kathy. An artist doesn't apologize. Even a comedian doesn't apologize. If you didn't get a laugh, you learn and move on, and if you do get a laugh.....like Stephen Colbert's 'cock-holster' remark.............you don't have to apologize....you just go on being funny.
And Kathy, think of the person you were denigrating. Does he apologize? For anything? EVER?? No, my dear, you fucked up and then compounded it by apologizing. You should have just sucked it up. Said that you were NOT making a comic commentary, but a dark, political one.....and that you stand by it. You would still have lost the New Year's gig, but let's face it.....it was pretty lame-ass shit. I was at a party and it was on the TV and I wanted to shoot myself. So consider yourself lucky to be free of it. And apologizing didn't get it back for you anyway.
But no, you apologized for offending a person who is destroying the country and who has the nerve to feign outrage at your photo. His kids were disturbed? At least his kids will have healthcare and good meals going forward, while he will take that away from millions of others. But that's OK. That's not nearly as bad as a photo with fake blood and a dummy head. THAT should have been your response, not "I'm sorry, I went too far." Apologizing wasn't going to win back the people you offended, but doing so only made you look desperate and weak to those who might have appreciated the sentiment behind your photo. (Edited to add a link to a Bill Maher rant that Dan brought to my attention, that mirrors what I've said here. click for video Thanks, Dan!)
So in conclusion, Kathy, going forward decide which world you want to be in....the comedic one or the art one. In the art world you can make the "Piss Christ" (see link) and not only get away with it but be famous for it, (even though you won't be invited to host an award show or whatever). But in the comedy world you'd better know your audience.....and be funny. Right now the only thing funny about the decapitation photo is Trump and Melania's public reaction to it. (Really, Melania? Like you don't wish it was YOU holding that head......for real?)