Joy Behar Apologizes for Mocking the Christian Faith


Joy Behar has formally apologized to Vice president Mike Pence for comparing his Christian beliefs to "mental illness".

Behar said: "It's one thing to talk to Jesus".

The spat dates back to last month, when Behar and her co-hosts were discussing comments that former West Wing staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman had made on "Celebrity Big Brother". "That's called mental illness", Behar said.

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

After running the clip of Pence's request, Behar said, "Yeah". "She picked up the phone, she called me, she was very honest, and she apologized". In a quip that reportedly drew thousands of angry phone calls, Behar said, "It's one thing to talk to Jesus". Behar, Iger said, "apologized to Mike Pence directly, which I thought was the right thing to do. I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith", Behar said.

"I sincerely apologize for what I said", she added, looking as if she just drank sour milk.

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So far, Behar has not apologized on the same forum in which she made the insult jokes against Christianity that many found offensive. "I'm Christian. I love Jesus".

"What do you say to the tens of millions of Christians, and President Trump supporters, that your networks have so blatantly offended and ascribed hateful labels?" shareholder Justin Danhof asked Iger. 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.

MRC President Brent Bozell issued a statement declaring that Behar's private apology was "not almost enough" and promised to continue his campaign against "anti-Christian bigotry" at the network.

"It is simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance", he added.

The right-wing Media Research Center launched an effort to hold "The View" accountable for promoting "anti-Christian bigotry", which resulted in at least 40,000 protest phone calls made to ABC and at least 6,000 calls to advertisers on "The View" by the end of February. "I would like to apologize to him and his family in particular".

However, a White House source told The Washington Post in an email that Behar "in no way suggested her comment was a 'miscommunication'".

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