Mike Pence Says He Forgave Joy Behar for Religious "Insult"

  • Mike Pence Says He Forgave Joy Behar for Religious

Mike Pence Says He Forgave Joy Behar for Religious "Insult"

Her apology on "The View" Tuesday came after Vice President Mike Pence said that Behar had called him to personally apologize, and he urged her to do it publicly as well.

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". It's another thing when Jesus talks to you. "I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith and I fell short of that", Behar said at the top of the show. "That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct, hearing voices". Behar made a joke implying that Pence was mentally ill for saying he communicated with Jesus.

Behar made a quip made hundreds of times, but Pence and the far-right went ballistic claiming that the comedian was mocking their faith.

"He's extreme", Manigault Newman said to her fellow contestants about Pence, who has ties to the evangelical community.

The controversy took another turn last Thursday when Disney CEO Bob Iger, in an address to a shareholder meeting in Houston, said that Behar had apologized "for things she has said about Christians and the Trump administration", according to multiple media reports.

"I'm still encouraging her to use the forum of that program or some other public forum to apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended", he said. 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". And I'm like, Jesus ain't say that ...

A day after her initial joke, Behar attempted to clarify her comments on the air. "She made a call to him and apologized, which I thought was absolutely appropriate".

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.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News.