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Joy Behar Apologized to Mike Pence for 'Mental Illness' Comment

  • Scott Slayton Contributor
  • Updated Mar 12, 2018
Joy Behar Apologized to Mike Pence for 'Mental Illness' Comment

At a Disney shareholder meeting, CEO Bob Iger shared that Joy Behar, co-host of “The View,” had apologized to Vice President Pence in a phone call for statements she made about him on the show last month. Iger added that he took exception to her comments, thought her apology was appropriate, and was glad to hear that she had done it. 

On the February 13th episode of “The View,” the panel discussed comments made by Omarosa Manigault on Celebrity Big Brother about Mike Pence. Manigault said Pence is “extreme” and believes that Jesus tells him to say things. In discussing the clip, co-host Sonny Hostin said she did not want her Vice President speaking in tongues. This prompted Behar to make her now infamous remark that, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices.”

Iger’s comments came in response to a question from shareholder Justin Danhof, who is also the General Counsel for a conservative think tank, the National Center for Public Policy Research. Danhof referenced the statements made by Behar on “The View” and a tweet last year from ESPN personality Jamele Hill in which she called President Trump a “white supremacist.” 

While neither Behar nor Pence has publicly commented on the apology, Behar’s manager Bill Stankey told The Washington Post that she had apologized and that she had a cordial discussion with the Vice President in which they discussed how they both grew up Roman Catholic. A White House source told the same publication in an email that, “She apologized to the vice president, he accepted and said he wasn’t offended by her comment for his own sake but on behalf of the millions of evangelicals who watch ABC and her show. He encouraged her to make the same apology publicly on the show that she did privately to him.”


Publication date: March 12, 2018