Joy Behar of 'The View' Apologizes for Christianity Comment

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Behar's controversial comments resulted in the Media Research Center launching a campaign to hold Behar accountable for spewing "anti-Christian bigotry" after she said that communicating with Jesus is a "mental illness" during a February 13 episode of "The View" when discussing Pence's faith.

"Like I said before, it's one thing to talk to Jesus. That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct, hearing voices".

Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger became the first person to break the news that Behar had made an apology to Pence.

Pence praised her for reaching out, but he told Fox News host Sean Hannity Monday he hoped she would make a public statement to the "tens of millions of Americans" who were offended by her comments.

Behar made a quip made hundreds of times, but Pence and the far-right went ballistic claiming that the comedian was mocking their faith.

"I'm still encouraging her, to use the forum of that program or some other public forum, to apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended", Pence said.

Behar said Tuesday she'd been raised to respect all faiths and that she fell short of that last month.

"I sincerely apologize for what I said", Behar added. "She picked up the phone".

"I said to Joy, of course I forgive you, it's part of my faith experience", he continued. Iger revealed in his response to that question that Behar had personally apologized to Pence. "I would like to apologize to him and his family in particular".

"He's extreme", Manigault Newman said to her fellow contestants about Pence, who has ties to the evangelical community. "She made a call to him and apologized, which I thought was absolutely appropriate". He added, "It's just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance".

The apology was reportedly confirmed by Fox News. Today, we begin round 5 (?) of this story with an interview with Mike Pence set to air on Hannity tonight.



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