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Joy Behar Apologizes on 'The View' for Mike Pence 'Mental Illness' Joke

Joy Behar Apologizes on 'The View' for Mike Pence 'Mental Illness' Joke

Vice President Mike Pence, in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, said that The View co-host Joy Behar called him and apologized for a comment she made last month that some construed as a dig on his faith. On the reality show, the former White House aide told her fellow houseguests that Pence is an "extreme" Christian who believes that "Jesus tells him to say things". They both talked about how they were raised Roman Catholic, he said, and mentioned that Pence told Behar that he was confirmed in the church, taking the name "Christopher".

"I think Vice President Pence is right". I fell short of that. "She called me. She was very honest, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you've been forgiven", Pence told Hannity... While speaking with Hannity, he suggested that Behar apologize publicly on The View. "I sincerely apologize for what I said".

Although Pence did give Behar credit for her honest apology, he asked that she take it a step further.

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.

Iger answered him by saying, "I don't know where I start. She called me. She was very honest, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you've been forgiven".

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While Pence forgave Behar, he encouraged her to publically apologize. 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.

Iger told the crowd he was "glad to hear" Behar apologized because he "takes exception" to what she said.

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.

The MRC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the apology.

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.


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