March 23, 2018

Joy Behar to apologize to Christians about Pence joke

13 March 2018, 06:52 | Winston Chapman

Facebook TheViewThe View co-host Joy Behar

Facebook  TheViewThe View co-host Joy Behar

"It's one thing to talk to Jesus". The conversation had been spurned by a warning from Omarosa Manigault-Newman on Big Brother, who said of the vice president: "I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things". "That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct".

Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger became the first person to break the news that Behar had made an apology to Pence. "I did encourage her, and I'm still encouraging her, to use the form of that program or some other public forum to apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended", he said. ABC insiders said executives initially wanted to keep the call between Behar and Pence, but Iger mentioned it while defending his company. Co-host Sunny Hostin said, "I don't know that I want my vice president, um - speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him". "I sincerely apologize for what I said".

While Behar called to apologize to Pence, he decided it wasn't enough.

"I said to Joy, of course I forgive you, it's part of my faith experience", he continued.

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The Washington Post also talked to Behar's manager Bill Stankey, who confirmed that she really apologized to the vice president through a phone call. However, the Vice President made it clear that he wasn't offended out of self-concern but on behalf of the millions of Christians who watch The View.

"It's just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance", Pence responded a day later. He added that he was glad she apologized and that he "takes exception" to the comments.

By the end of February, the MRC's campaign had led to at least 30,000 calls insisting that Behar apologize, as well as 6,000 calls to the daytime show's sponsors, according to Fox News. While claiming he accepted her apology, he then passive aggressively suggested she needed to make it public.

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

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