Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that “The View” co-host Joy Behar apologized to Vice President Mike Pence for mocking his Christian faith on television.
“The View” is broadcast on ABC, which Disney owns.
What’s the history here?
Behar suggested during a February airing of “The View” that Pence’s mental fitness is not up to par because the vice president has reportedly said that God speaks to him.
Behar’s apparently biased commentary commenced after the show’s co-hosts cued video footage of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman’s comments on “Celebrity Big Brother,” in which the former staffer discussed the Trump administration.
Newman, in the clip, said, “As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence. … Everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life.”
“I am Christian, I love Jesus, but [Pence] thinks Jesus tells him to say things,” Newman added in the clip.
When the video concluded, the show’s panel went on to discuss Newman’s analysis of Pence’s faith, and how it translates into politics.
That’s when Behar made a comment correlating faith to mental illness.
“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus,” Behar said. “It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you.”
She later added that hearing voices is symptomatic of “mental illness,” and quipped, “Can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?”
Did Pence respond?
Pence told “Fox & Friends” in February that while those in the public spotlight are “accustomed to criticism,” he couldn’t bite his tongue over Behar’s comments.
“When I heard that ABC had a program that likened my Christianity to mental illness, I just couldn’t be silent,” he said.
“My Christian faith is probably the most important thing in my life,” he added. “I do try and start every day reading the Bible. My wife and I try and have a prayer together before I leave the house every morning. But I do think I’m a very typical American.”
“People of all different faiths and traditions have cherished their faith in God,” Pence continued, “and for ABC to have a forum that spoke in such demeaning terms, I think it’s evidence of how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people.”
Fox & Friends actually made Mike Pence address Joy Behar’s joke about his Christian faith from last week.
“When I heard that ABC had a program that likened my Christianity to mental illness, I just couldn’t be silent.” pic.twitter.com/QXPG4kjqEW
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 19, 2018
As a result of Behar’s comments, ABC reportedly received over 30,000 complaint calls defending Pence.
The Media Research Center reported that the network was flooded with complaints about Behar’s purported “anti-Christian bigotry” after Media Research Center President Brent Bozell penned a scathing open letter to the network.
So how did the apology happen?
Iger, speaking to shareholders during a Thursday meeting, said that Behar phoned Pence personally and made amends for her disparaging comments.
During the Q&A portion of the meeting, Justin Danhof, general counsel for the National Research for Public Policy Research, asked Iger about Behar’s remarks.
“‘What do you say to the tens of millions of Christians, and President Trump supporters, that your networks have so blatantly offended and ascribed hateful labels?” Danhof asked.
In response, Iger revealed that “Joy Behar apologized to Vice President Pence directly.”
“She made a call to him and apologized, which I thought was absolutely appropriate,” Iger explained, and noted that he also took “exception” to the talk show co-host’s comments.
“I don’t think it was right,” he added.
According to Fox News, a source close to Pence confirmed that Behar did reach out and apologize for the comments.