Joy Behar, co-host of “The View,” has apologized to Vice President Mike Pence for suggesting his Christian views make him mentally ill.
Disney CEO Bob Iger told shareholders during a meeting in Houston that Behar apologized “for things she has said about Christians and the Trump administration,” multiple media outlets are reporting.
“Iger says Joy Behar apologized for things she has said about Christians and the Trump administration. Iger agrees that was appropriate,” the Los Angeles Times’s Daniel Miller tweeted.
Iger says Joy Behar apologized for things she has said about Christians and the Trump administration. Iger agrees that was appropriate.
— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 8, 2018
The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Flint, who is at the Houston meeting, also tweeted about the apology.
“Disney CEO Bob Iger says he took exception with Joy Behar’s remarks about Christianity and VP MIke Pence,” he wrote. “Says Behar apologized to Pence.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger says he took exception with Joy Behar’s remarks about Christianity and VP MIke Pence. Says Behar apologized to Pence.
— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) March 8, 2018
Behar made the comments in response to former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman’s remark on “Celebrity Big Brother,” that “[Pence] thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”
“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices,” Behar said on “The View” last month.
Pence, in turn, called out the network for allowing hosts to say such things.
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“I actually heard that ABC has a program that compared my Christianity to mental illness. And I’d like to laugh about it, but I really can’t,” he said on C-SPAN. “To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong.”
He continued: “I just think it demonstrates how out of touch some people in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people that you could have a major network like ABC permit a forum for invective against religion like that,” he said. “I just call them out on it, not because of what was said about me, but it’s just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance. We’re better than that, our country is better than that.”