Joy Behar of 'The View' apologizes for Christianity comment

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"The View" host Joy Behar apologized Tuesday at the urging of Vice President Mike Pence for "slandering" Christianity by joking that Pence's affinity for acting on calls from Jesus sounded like "mental illness". In a quip that reportedly drew thousands of angry phone calls, Behar said, "It's one thing to talk to Jesus". "It's one thing to talk to Jesus", Behar said. "That's called mental illness".

The offensive comments took place on the February 13 show when co-hosts discussed comments on Pence's beliefs made by an ex-White House staffer.

Behar said Tuesday she'd been raised to respect all faiths and that she fell short of that last month.

Pence encouraged Behar to also apologize "to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended". And I'm like, Jesus ain't say that ...

On an episode of "The View" last month, Ms. Behar agreed with co-host Sunny Hostin's discomfort with "my vice president, um - speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him".

Pence told Hannity Monday that he had accepted Behar's personal apology, but wanted her to take it a step further and go public for the sake of the "tens of millions Americans" who also took offense.

"My question is, can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?" she said. Behar has apologized to @VP Pence, but refuses to apologize ON AIR to the millions of Christians she insulted.

"One wishes she never said it, and one wishes she had apologized the moment she realized how many people she offended".

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. "It is simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance". "I think when you have a Mike Pence who now sort of puts this religious veneer on things and calls people 'values voters, ' I think we're in a risky situation".

"When they do that, this whole matter will be put to rest". "I would like to apologize to him and his family in particular".

Her comments launched a protest that made it all the way to a shareholder's meeting of ABC parent Walt Disney Corp.

Show moderator Whoopi Goldberg quickly moved on.

"We would be begging for the days of Trump back if Pence became president".

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