Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is standing behind Kathy Griffin after her controversial photo shoot that featured a beheaded President Trump, saying the comedian "begged for forgiveness."

"I condemned that immediately," he told CNBC. "I called her. She's a friend. I told her you can't do that. She apologized … She asked for forgiveness. She begged for forgiveness."

Franken wouldn't say whether CNN made the right call Wednesday to terminate its contract with Griffin for the network's New Year's Eve programming.

"I believe in forgiveness," he said.

The senator still plans to appear with Griffin at a July event in Los Angeles, despite calls for him to cancel the appearance.

He is currently promoting his new memoir Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.