BEHAR'S REGRET: Joy Behar FINALLY Apologizes After MOCKING Millions of Christians

BEHAR'S REGRET: Joy Behar FINALLY Apologizes After MOCKING Millions of Christians

BEHAR'S REGRET: Joy Behar FINALLY Apologizes After MOCKING Millions of Christians

On February 13, Joy Behar, one of the co-hosts of The View, set off a firestorm when she made a derogatory remark about Vice President's Mike Pence's Christian faith.

Last month Behar derided Pence for saying he communicates with Jesus through prayer. "That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct, hearing voices", she said.

But Pence said he also encouraged Behar to publicly "apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended".

"I give Joy Behar a lot of credit". "She picked up the phone, she called me, she was very honest, and she apologized. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you", Behar said. "I'd like to be light about it, but I really can't - not for my sake, but for the tens of millions of Americans who cherish their faith, I just, I can't be silent".

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".

Not surprisingly, she had no such criticisms for the liberal Oprah Winfrey, who said she would run for president only if God told her to do so.

The vice president is not the only one wanting Behar to make a public apology.

Sure enough, on Tuesday morning Behar complied.

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During their phone conversation, Behar and Pence discussed how they were both raised Roman Catholic, and how Pence was confirmed in the church, taking the name "Christopher", according to Behar's manager.

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

"It's just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance", Pence responded a day later. "She made a call to him and apologized, which I thought was absolutely appropriate".

Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, which urged Christians to write and call ABC, said Behar's private phone apology is inadequate.

The host's remarks were called "slander" and "anti-Christian bigotry".

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. "I sincerely apologize for what I said".

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

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