Behar of The View is apologizing for comments she made for equating peoples claims that Jesus Christ talks to them to mental illness.
"The View" showed a segment of Newman telling her fellow competitors that Pence, an evangelical Christian, was scary and "extreme" and that "he thinks Jesus tells him to say things". "It's another thing when Jesus talk to you", Behar jumped in to add. "That's called mental illness", Behar said.
Her remark prompted thousands of angry Christians to flood ABC and the show's sponsors with angry phone calls.
Behar's call to Pence was undisclosed until Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked about the controversy during last week's meeting with investors.
"I sincerely apologize for what I said", Behar added.
She said during the latest episode of "The View" on Tuesday, "I think Vice President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith", Behar said.
Whether Behar's apology is honest or not is anyone's guess, it well could be, but the fact that she was likely required to give one or else risk losing her job should be on our radar.
Iger told the crowd he was "glad to hear" Behar apologized because he "takes exception" to what she said.
The offending remark was made on February 13 during a discussion of the Big Brother episode in which Omarosa Manigault spoke about Pence's religiosity. "When you have a Mike Pence who now puts this religious veneer on things and who calls people values voters, I think we're this a risky situation".
"The apology is appropriate", said the MRC's Bozell. And probably honest, although the issue was getting very bad for her and she certainly had plenty of professional incentive to reel this one back in. The TV personality had previously criticized the Vice President for saying God spoke to him.
"When they do that, this whole matter will be put to rest".