The View’s Joy Behar, who mocked Vice President’s Mike Pence’s Christian faith and then resisted apologizing, has now done so.
Last month Behar derided Pence for saying he communicates with Jesus through prayer.
“Like I said before, it’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” Behar said. “That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.”
“My question is can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?” she added, referencing Pence’s policy of not dining alone with another woman if his wife is not there, too. [Video]
Pence objected to the segment, calling it an attack on all Christians: “To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong. And it’s an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who, like me, cherish their faith.”
Asked to apologize, the hosts of The View initially refused, insisting they were just “joking.” [Video]
Today Behar finally apologized. Commenting on Mike Pence discussing the segment on “Hannity” in which he said he forgave her after she apologized to him personally, but hoped he would apologize to Christians generally.
“I think Vice President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith,” Behar said.
“I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said.”
The hosts then quickly pivoted to their “Hot Topics” segment, where they discussed Trump’s firing of Rex Tillerson as secretary of State.
Here’s a transcript:
GOLDBERG: “So last night, the Vice President was on ‘Sean Hannity’ talking about the recent conversation he had with Joy Behar. Take a look.”
PENCE: “You and I know that criticism comes with public life. But I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander. And I did so. And, you know, I give Joy Behar a lot of credit. She picked up the phone. She called me. She was very sincere. And she apologized. One of the things my faith teaches me is grace. Forgive as you have been forgiven.”
HANNITY: “So does mine, but I’m not as good at it as you.”
PENCE: “I said to Joy, ‘Of course, I forgive you.’ That’s a part of my faith experience. I did encourage her. And 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.”
BEHAR: “So — Yeah. So, I think Vice President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith. I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said.”