Joy Behar apologizes for comments about Pence and faith

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"The View" host Joy Behar issued a public apology on Tuesday following her recent remarks that people who claim to talk to Jesus have "mental illness".

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

Last month Behar derided Pence for saying he communicates with Jesus through prayer. Pence said on Monday that when Behar called him personally to say she was sorry, he urged her to apologize publicly.

Although Pence did give Behar credit for her honest apology, he asked that she take it a step further. "She picked up the phone, she called me, she was very honest, and she apologized. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you", Ms. Behar said.

Pence has already accepted an apology from The View co-host, possibly on orders from the network, because, as he said, that's what a good Christian does, but if you give a mouse a cookie... "I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith, and I fell short of that".

Not surprisingly, she had no such criticisms for the liberal Oprah Winfrey, who said she would run for president only if God told her to do so.

Iger told Danhof that Behar had already apologized to Pence, which he believed was "absolutely appropriate". He emphasized that The View's deriding his Christianity is "an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who like me cherish their faith".

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MRC President Brent Bozell issued a statement declaring that Behar's private apology was "not almost enough" and promised to continue his campaign against "anti-Christian bigotry" at the network.

"He's not very popular at all", she said. They were made during a discussion of Pence on the daytime talk show last month.

"It's just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance", Pence responded a day later. "He encouraged her to make the same apology publicly on the show that she did privately to him".

Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, said "The View" should do more than just offer a public apology.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. "Until they do, we will not let up our campaign to let the world - including their advertisers - know of their anti-Christian bigotry", he added.

"We would be begging for the days of Trump back if Pence became president".