Joy Behar of “The View” has today apologized to viewers and Vice-President Mike Pence for comments she made about Christianity and mental illness.
The 75-year-old comedian made the controversial remark last month while discussing comments made by Omarosa on “Celebrity Big Brother”. On the reality show, the former White House aide told her fellow houseguests that Pence is an “extreme” Christian who believes that “Jesus tells him to say things.”
“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus, it’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” Behar said in relation to Omarosa’s statement. “That’s called mental illness if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.”
Pence took offence to Behar’s comments but has since forgiven the morning talk show host after she called him to personally apologize.
“You know, I give Joy Behar a lot of credit,” Pence told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday. “She picked up the phone. She called me. She was very sincere, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you’ve been forgiven.”
On Tuesday’s edition of “The View”, Behar publicly apologized, noting that the vice-president had encouraged her to do so.
“So I think Vice-President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith and I fell short of that,” Behar said at the start of the show. “I sincerely apologize for what I said.”
Watch Behar’s apology in the video above.