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".
During a segment on Omarosa Manigault Newman's comments about Pence and his religiosity, made while taping Celebrity Big Brother, Behar joked: "It's one thing to talk to Jesus". On the reality show, the former White House aide told her fellow houseguests that Pence is an "extreme" Christian who believes that "Jesus tells him to say things".
"To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong", Pence told C-SPAN.
After receiving backlash from conservative viewers however, Behar privately called Pence to apologize for her remarks.
On Tuesday's edition of "The View", Behar publicly apologized, noting that the vice-president had encouraged her to do so.
"Look, but I said to Joy, of course, I forgive you".
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"First of all, Joy Behar apologized to Vice President Pence directly", Iger answered. Iger revealed in his response to that question that Behar had personally apologized to Pence. He also expressed his wishes during that time that ABC, which is owned by Disney, to be associated with a television program that airs religious intolerance.
"What do you say to the tens of millions of Christians, and President Trump supporters, that your networks have so blatantly offended and ascribed hateful labels?"
Watch Behar's apology in the video above.
"The bigoted statements made about the Vice President's Christian faith offended hundreds of millions of Christians across the country, the largest faith group in the United States", Bozell told Fox News. While claiming he accepted her apology, he then passive aggressively suggested she needed to make it public.
"You and I know that criticism comes with public life", Pence explained to Hannity.
A day after her initial joke, Behar attempted to clarify her comments on the air.