The cohosts over at ABC’s ‘The View’ tried to turn the page on Joy Behar’s viciously anti-Christian comments Thursday, just one day after Vice President Pence called the show “intolerant” for implying he was “mentally ill” over his religious beliefs.
“Do you think Christians are mentally ill?” asked co-host Whoopi Goldberg.
“That would make me mentally ill since I’m a Christian myself. That would make my mother mentally ill, my father, my aunt, my daughter. Of Course not. I don’t mean to offend people but apparently, I keep doing it,” deflected Behar. “It was a joke. Comedians are in danger these days.”
“This is a show that has had great relationships with all kinds of leaders of different religions,” added Whoopi. “We sit with each other, we don’t always agree, and we listen. We do make jokes, it is what happens on this show. You don’t have to agree with what we’re doing, but you have to understand that it does happen.”
Watch Behar defend her comments:
It all began when they played a clip from “Celebrity Big Brother,” in which former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman discussed the vice president.
“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,” she said in the clip. “I am Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”
The talk-show panelists pondered what Omarosa’s motive was, before Sunny Hostin chimed in, “I think what’s interesting is that she said Jesus tells Mike Pence things to say.”
“He’s not very popular at all,” said co-host Sunny Hostin. “I think when you have a Mike Pence who now sort of puts this religious veneer on things and calls people ‘values voters,’ I think we’re in a dangerous situation.”
Behar decided to mock Pence instead, suggesting he had a “mental illness.”
“Like I said before, it’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” she warned.
Hostin agreed as the audience clapped. “Exactly. That’s different!” she gushed.
“That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct. Hearing voices,” Behar quipped.