Today, exactly one month after this controversy started, View co-host Joy Behar finally offered a public apology for her comments about Mike Pence. "It's another thing when Jesus talks to you", Behar said. "That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct, hearing voices", said Behar.
On Tuesdays episode of The View, the panel played a clip of Pence speaking to Sean Hannity and saying, "I give Joy Behar a lot of credit". "She picked up the phone, she called me, she was very honest, and she apologized. It's another thing when Jesus talk to you", Behar jumped in to add.
"I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander", Pence said.
"It's an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who, like me, cherish their faith", said Pence. I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith. "She called me. She was very honest, and she apologized". "He said Behar called him and was honest when she apologized and that his faith taught him grace, to forgive".
A national campaign led by Media Research Center President Brent Bozell applied pressure on ABC in a call for a public apology, with Bozell saying a private apology is "not almost enough".
On Tuesday morning, Graham echoed that call, saying on Facebook that it was "disappointing that there's still been no action taken by the network and there hasn't been a public apology".
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Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger became the first person to break the news that Behar had made an apology to Pence.
Pence later said, "To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong", and described Behar's comment as "religious intolerance".
"One wishes she never said it, and one wishes she had apologized the moment she realized how many people she offended". She made a call to him and apologized.
Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, which urged Christians to write and call ABC, said Behar's private phone apology is inadequate. Read the rest at Fox News. She called me. She was very honest, and she apologized. "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.
In contrast, "Pence didn't back down and that sets a good standard", Showalter opined.
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