Joy Behar apologizes to Christians after joking about Mike Pence and Jesus

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Joy Behar has publicly apologized for her remarks on "The View" last month where she described Vice President Mike Pence's Christian beliefs as a "mental illness".

Because of the controversy surrounding the comment, Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, which owns ABC, directed Behar to personally offer her apology to Pence.

Behar responded: "It's one thing to talk to Jesus".

'It's one thing to talk to Jesus. "That's called mental illness", Behar said.

Behar and Hostin's comments about the Vice President and Christians expose what many consider religious intolerance among voices in the mainstream media and entertainment.

The mele began on February 13 when the hosts of "The View" were discussing comments made by former Trump White House staffer and former "Celebrity Big Brother" contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman about Pence being "extreme" in his faith.

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After Behar criticized Vice President Pence's faith and referred to speaking to Jesus as "mental illness", public outrage ensured against ABC News demanding an apology.

"I think Vice President Pence is right", Behar said on today's episode, looking directly into the camera.

"It is a good first step that Joy Behar privately apologized to Vice President Pence, but it is not almost enough", Bozell said in a statement released by MRC. She made a call to him and apologised, which I thought was absolutely appropriate.

Pence revealed he had talked to Behar on the phone, but he believed that she needed to make a public apology.

Behar and her colleague may not like how VP Pence practices his faith, but they are out of line for mocking him and those whose religious experience he shares.

Pence appeared on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" Monday evening, urging Behar to apologize to "tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended" during the conversation - and she obliged. But he thinks Jesus tells him to say things. "Until they do, we will not let up our campaign to let the world - including their advertisers - know of their anti-Christian bigotry", he said. "And it's an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who, like me, cherish their faith". "The vice president was very gracious and very understanding".

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