Joy Behar of 'The View' Apologizes for Christianity Comment

Joy Behar of 'The View' Apologizes for Christianity Comment

Joy Behar of 'The View' Apologizes for Christianity Comment

First of all, Joy Behar apologized to Vice President Pence directly.

"So I think Vice President Pence is right".

"I sincerely apologize for what I said", Behar added.

Fox News reports that Pence accepted Behar's phone-in apology.

Whoopi Goldberg, left, Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar, Cindy McCain and Meghan McCain during a broadcast of "The View" on ABC on February 28.

"He's extreme", Manigault Newman said to her fellow contestants about Pence, who has ties to the evangelical community.

"That would make me mentally ill since I'm a Christian myself", she said when asked if she believes "Christians are mentally ill" the following day. Then she compared prayer to mental illness. Pence was asked about it and responded by calling out ABC.

"I'd like to laugh about it, but I really can't", the Vice President told Mike Allen of Axios in subdued tones. I don't mean to offend people but apparently I keep doing it.

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"It's one thing to talk to Jesus, it's another thing when Jesus talks to you", Behar said in relation to Omarosa's statement. "It's another thing when Jesus talks to you", Behar said. "That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct, hearing voices".

ABC-TV's phone lines were inundated with over 30,000 calls from offended viewers.

Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger told company shareholders that Behar had called Pence to apologize.

The right-wing Media Research Center launched an effort to hold "The View" accountable for promoting "anti-Christian bigotry", according to an open letter to ABC News from the group's president, Brent Bozell.

The apology was reportedly confirmed by Fox News.

The View's Meghan McCain, an Evangelical Christian, did apologize to Pence on air.

"I said to Joy, 'Of course, I forgive you".

Iger responded by saying, "I don't know where I start. This is a show where we respect one another". He added that he was glad she apologized and that he "takes exception" to the comments. "And in doing this, he made it just a little easier to be Christian".

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