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Joy Behar used Tuesday’s episode of The View to apologize for a month-old comment conflating some Christians’ belief that Jesus talks to them with mental illness.
The controversy began in mid-February, when the hosts reacted to a scene on CBS’ Big Brother: Celebrity Editionin which former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman called Vice President Mike Pence “extreme” and said he “thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”
At the time, Behar remarked, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness.”
On Monday night, Pence told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Behar had called him personally to apologize.
“I give Joy Behar a lot of credit,” he said. “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.”
He said he also encouraged her to use her platform to “apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended.”
Tuesday, Behar told her audience, “I think Vice President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith, and I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said.”
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