Joy Behar Apologizes on 'The View' for Mike Pence 'Mental Illness' Joke

Marsha Scott
March 14, 2018

Today, exactly one month after this controversy started, View co-host Joy Behar finally offered a public apology for her comments about Mike Pence.

"It's one thing to talk to Jesus, it's another thing when Jesus talks to you", Behar said at the time. "That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct".

Pence encouraged Behar to also apologize "to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended".

And you know, I give Joy Behar a lot of credit. "She picked up the phone".

"It's one thing to talk to Jesus".

"The View" played the clip of Pence at the outset of Tuesday's show, and Behar responded as Pence hoped.

Her co-host Sunny Hostin said she does not appreciate Pence speaking in tongues, even though she is a person of faith, according to Charisma News. "She made a call to him and apologized, which I thought was absolutely appropriate".

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Neither Behar nor Pence have publicly mentioned the private apology, but Disney CEO Bob Iger, which runs ABC-TV, confirmed it when a shareholder complained at last week's meeting. "He said Behar called him and was honest when she apologized and that his faith taught him grace, to forgive".

"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.

On C-SPAN the next day, Pence attacked ABC, saying that the network should not have broadcast a "forum that compared Christianity to mental illness".

(Screenshot: YouTube/The View) Joy Behar on an episode of "The View" that aired Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

The offending remark was made on February 13 during a discussion of the Big Brother episode in which Omarosa Manigault spoke about Pence's religiosity.

"It's just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance". After Bozell became aware of Behar's public apology, Bozell came forward with another statement, saying the MRC's campaign against The View and Joy Behar had concluded. She made a call to him and apologized. Read the rest at Fox News.

The host's remarks were called "slander" and "anti-Christian bigotry". "I sincerely apologize for what I said". He added that he was glad she apologized and that he "takes exception" to the comments.

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