Joy Behar finally apologizes for mocking Christians

Joy Behar, one of the co-hosts of ABC's "The View" made a brief on-air apology Tuesday to those Christians offended by her mid-February comment dismissing people's claims that Jesus talks with them as "mental illness".

Although Pence did give Behar credit for her honest apology, he asked that she take it a step further. "She picked up the phone. That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct, hearing voices", Behar said of Pence in a larger discussion of comments Omarosa Manigault-Newman on "Celebrity Big Brother".

Behar apologized privately to Pence, who said she should also apology to millions of Christians who were "equally offended".

"The View" played the clip of Pence's remarks Tuesday and then Behar agreed with him and apologized. "I'm a great admirer of Mike Pence and his family", she said. "I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith, and I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said", she offered.

In response to a question at a shareholder's meeting last week, Disney Corp. chief executive Robert Iger said that Behar had called Pence to apologize. "If she doesn't want to work here let her a- go", Behar reportedly said before adding, "If I hear her say "my father" one more time on this show, I'm going to puke on live TV". He emphasized that The View's deriding his Christianity is "an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who like me cherish their faith".

"He's not very popular at all", she said. Pence revealed he had talked to Behar on the phone, but he believed that she needed to make a public apology.

On Tuesday morning, Graham echoed that call, saying on Facebook that it was "disappointing that there's still been no action taken by the network and there hasn't been a public apology".

"It is simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance", he added. "She made a call to him and apologized, which I thought was absolutely appropriate".

Behar's comment also sparked backlash from the conservative Media Research Center, which launched a campaign that sparked 40,000 protest calls to ABC. She called me. She was very honest, and she apologized.

In contrast, "Pence didn't back down and that sets a good standard", Showalter opined.

  • Jon Douglas