Viewers who tuned into ABC’s The View on Tuesday saw something they don’t often see: One of the co-hosts apologizing to the Vice President of the United States. But it was a moment that had been bitterly sought by many who were offended by comments Joy Behar had made on the air last month.
On Tuesday, Behar issued her mea culpa, saying, “So, I think Vice President Pence is right; I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith, and I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said. Behar called Pence on the phone and apologized prior to making the on-air apology, a gesture that Pence lauded Behar for having made.
Appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Monday, the vice president said, “I give Joy Behar a lot of credit. She picked up the phone. She called me. She was very sincere. And she apologized. One of the things my faith teaches me is grace. Forgive as you have been forgiven.”
On a February episode of The View, the co-hosts were discussing a clip from Celebrity Big Brother in which Omarosa Manigault was talking about, among other things, having gotten to know Pence, and said, “He thinks Jesus tells him to say things. I’m like, ‘Jesus ain’t saying that.’”
Behar then quipped, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices.” Pence criticized her at the time for having offended “tens and millions of Americans.”
The comment sparked considerable outrage, and the Media Research Center, a right-wing group, organized an effort in which people made phone calls to sponsors of The View and urged them to pull their ads, and then besieged ABC with complaint calls.
As for Behar and Pence’s phone conversation, her manager and Pence’s team agreed that the call was amiable and that the two discussed their Catholic upbringings, however both sides quibbled over whether or not Behar used a particular word to describe what ignited the controversy. Watch a highlight of Behar’s apology below.
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