Joy Behar of "The View" apologized Tuesday for suggesting mental illness was behind claims by people that Jesus Christ talks to them, in remarks made on her show last month about Vice President Mike Pence. "It's another thing when Jesus talks to you", she said, adding that hearing messages from God is a form of "mental illness".
This came in response to a Monday evening episode of the Fox News show "Hannity", in which Pence said he accepted her apology but advised that she publicly apologized to the millions of Americans whose beliefs she offended. "She picked up the phone. It's another thing when Jesus talk to you", Behar jumped in to add. "I'd like to be light about it, but I really can't - not for my sake, but for the tens of millions of Americans who cherish their faith, I just, I can't be silent".
Behar received an onslaught of backlash from viewers following the anti-Christian remarks. 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 and I fell short of that", Behar said on Tuesday's edition of "The View".
Last week, more than three weeks after "The View" episode aired, top officials at Disney, which owns ABC, addressed the issue during the question-and-answer portion of a shareholder meeting. "He said Behar called him and was honest when she apologized and that his faith taught him grace, to forgive". And I'm like, Jesus ain't say that ...
A national campaign led by Media Research Center President Brent Bozell applied pressure on ABC in a call for a public apology, with Bozell saying a private apology is "not almost enough". Pence revealed he had talked to Behar on the phone, but he believed that she needed to make a public apology. The View's Joy Behar must give a public apology to all Christians.
"It's just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance", Pence responded a day later. She made a call to him and apologized. "I would like to apologize to him and his family in particular". I happen to take exception to what she said.
"We would be begging for the days of Trump back if Pence became president".