"The View" co-host Joy Behar has come under fire for criticising the faith of United States Vice President Mike Pence and for saying that hearing from God is a form of "mental illness". "That's called mental illness if I'm not correct. I don't think it was right, and I was glad to hear that she apologised", Iger said in a statement to shareholders, reported CBN News.
Her co-host Sunny Hostin said she does not appreciate Pence speaking in tongues, even though she is a person of faith, according to Charisma News. "She called me. She was very honest, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you've been forgiven", Pence told Hannity.
"To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong", Pence said.
Meanwhile, there was a pressure campaign started by the Media Research Center over Behar's comments which resulted in tens of thousands of calls to ABC.
On Thursday, more than three weeks after "The View" episode aired, top officials at Disney, which owns ABC, addressed the issue during the question-and-answer portion of a shareholder meeting. ABC insiders said executives initially wanted to keep the call between Behar and Pence, but Iger mentioned it while defending his company.
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"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?" "It would make my mother mentally ill, my mother, my aunts, my daughter, of course not".
"It is a good first step that Joy Behar privately apologized to Vice President Pence, but it is not almost enough", Bozell said in a statement released by MRC.
Behar's manager, Bill Stankey, confirmed to The Washington Post that Behar recently apologized to Pence during a phone conversation. "He understood that Joy wasn't attacking anybody and that there was some miscommunication".
"I'm still encouraging her, to use the forum of that program or some other public forum, to apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended", Pence said.
"You know, I give Joy Behar a lot of credit", Pence told Fox News' Sean Hannity in an interview airing Monday night.