A month ago, Joy Behar criticized Mike Pence’s faith by saying that hearing from Jesus is actually called “mental illness.” Soon after, ABC received more than 30,000 phone calls from angry viewers.
According to a White House source, Joy Behar privately apologized to the vice president for mocking his faith, but Pence didn’t get what he really wanted.
“She apologized to the vice president, he accepted and said he wasn’t offended by her comment for his own sake but on behalf of the millions of Christians who watch ABC and her show,” the source told Fox News. “He encouraged her to make the same apology publicly on the show that she did privately to him.”
“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?” shareholder Justin Danhof asked Iger directly at Thursday’s meeting. “Specifically, do you think, like Mrs. Hostin and Mrs. Behar, that the Christian faith is akin to a dangerous mental illness?”
Iger responded by saying, “I don’t know where 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.”
He was “glad to hear” Behar apologized because he “takes exception” to what she said.
“I don’t think it was right,” Iger added.
The Media Research Center who launched a campaign to hold “View” co-hosts accountable doesn’t feel that Behar’s apology is adequate and mirrored Pence by calling for her to do it publicly.
“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,” MRC president Brent Bozell told Fox news. “Their apology should therefore be as public as their insult. When they do that, this whole matter will be put to rest. Until they do, we will not let up our campaign to let the world — including their advertisers — know of their anti-Christian bigotry.”