Joy Behar apologizes to Christians after Mike Pence's interview on "Hannity"

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"The View" co-host Joy Behar publicly apologized Tuesday for her remarks that Vice President Mike Pence had a "mental illness" because of his Christian faith, saying she fell short of respecting all religions.

During a discussion of Pence on the daytime talk show last month, Behar said, "it's one thing to talk to Jesus. I sincerely apologize for what I said". The conversation had been spurned by a warning from Omarosa Manigault-Newman on Big Brother, who said of the vice president: "I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things". "Specifically, do you think, like Mrs. Hostin and Mrs. Behar, that the Christian faith is akin to a risky mental illness?"

After running the clip of Pence's request, Behar said, "Yeah".

But Pence said he encouraged Behar to go further.

The controversy took another turn last Thursday when Disney CEO Bob Iger, in an address to a shareholder meeting in Houston, said that Behar had apologized "for things she has said about Christians and the Trump administration", according to multiple media reports.

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ABC News star Joy Behar apologized to mocking Vice President Mike Pence's Christian faith. "She called me", Pence told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview set to air Monday night on the network. 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".

The vice president added that while that was enough for him, Ms. Behar had wronged tens of millions of Americans who deserve an apology too.

Watch Behar's apology in the video above.

A day after her initial joke, Behar attempted to clarify her comments on the air.

"The bigoted statements made about the Vice President's Christian faith offended hundreds of millions of Christians across the country, the largest faith group in the United States", Bozell told Fox News. "She made a call to him and apologized, which I thought was absolutely appropriate".