Joy Behar finally apologizes for mocking Christians

Joy Behar finally apologizes for mocking Christians

Vice President Pence says he's urging "The View" co-host Joy Behar to apologize to "tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended" for recent remarks she made about him in which she said that if you hear Jesus talking to you, it's a sign of mental illness.

The spat dates back to last month, when Behar and her co-hosts were discussing comments that former West Wing staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman had made on "Celebrity Big Brother". "It's another thing when Jesus talks to you", Ms. Behar said. "When God talks to you, it's schizophrenia".

"The View" played the clip of Pence at the outset of Tuesday's show, and Behar responded as Pence hoped.

While Behar called to apologize to Pence, he decided it wasn't enough. "I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith and I fell short of that", Behar said at the start of the show. "She made a call to him and apologized, which I thought was absolutely appropriate".

"You know, I give Joy Behar a lot of credit", Pence told Hannity in the interview, which will air on Monday night. 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".

Pence added, "I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander".

Behar's call to Pence was undisclosed until Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked about the controversy during last week's meeting with investors. While claiming he accepted her apology, he then passive aggressively suggested she needed to make it public.

The right-wing Media Research Center launched an effort to hold "The View" accountable for promoting "anti-Christian bigotry", according to an open letter to ABC News from the group's president, Brent Bozell. He added that he was glad she apologized and that he "takes exception" to the comments.

The apology was reportedly confirmed by Fox News.

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