ABC News star Joy Behar apologized for mocking Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith on Tuesday, ending a month of outcry stemming from remarks she made that have been called “Slander” and “Anti-Christian bigotry.”
Pence appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” Monday evening, urging Behar to apologize to “Tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended” during the conversation – and she obliged.
“I think Vice President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith and I fell short of that,” Behar said on Tuesday’s edition of “The View.”.
Behar’s controversial comments resulted in the Media Research Center launching a campaign to hold Behar accountable for spewing “Anti-Christian bigotry” after she said that communicating with Jesus is a “Mental illness” during a Feb. 13 episode of “The View” when discussing Pence’s faith.
Pence reportedly told Behar she should apologize to Christians during a private phone call, but the vice president doubled down on Fox News and apparently “The View” co-host took notice.
“I give Joy Behar a lot of credit. She picked up the phone. She called me. She was very sincere, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you’ve been forgiven,” Pence told Sean Hannity.
The vice president concluded his answer by saying that he hoped Behar “And others on the airwaves will come to appreciate the meaning and, if I could say it, the joy that comes from faith and respect that.”
Iger responded by saying, “I don’t know w I start. First of all, Joy Behar apologized to Vice President Pence directly. She made a call to him and apologized, which I thought was absolutely appropriate.”
ABC insiders said executives initially wanted to keep the call between Behar and Pence, but Iger mentioned it while defending his company.