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Disney CEO Confirms 'The View' Co-Host Apologized to Vice President

Joy Behar, long time co-host of ABC's 'The View', has said some controversial things in the past, and has repeatedly chalked up her comments to being a comedian who pushes boundaries. In a panel discussion last month about Vice President Mike Pence, however, Behar may have gone a little too far over the line when she said his Christian beliefs sounded like mental illness.

Behar was raked over the coals by viewers over the comments and hosts of the show revived the discussion the next day, with Behar offering an explanation for her comment. Now, Bob Igler has confirmed that Behar directly apologized to Pence as well.

Disney CEO Bob Igler has tried to put concerns of his shareholders to rest by assuring them that Behar personally apologized to the VPOTUS. On Thursday, the company had a shareholder meeting, and Iger was asked about the incident by an employee from the National Center for Public Policy Research.

"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?" asked Justin Danhof, the general council for the conservative think tank. "Specifically, do you think, like Mrs. Hostin and Mrs. Behar, that the Christian faith is akin to a dangerous mental illness?"

Iger said Behar personally called Pence to offer an apology, which he felt was the appropriate thing to do. He says he also took 'exception' to Behar's initial comments, adding, "I don’t think it was right."

The controversy started on the February 13th show, during which the ladies on the panel discussed comments made by Omarosa Manigault-Newman the night before. Manigault-Newman, a recently fired presidential aide, is on this season's celebrity 'Big Brother' show, and she told her housemates that she thought a Pence presidency would be worse than a Trump presidency.

She explained that Pence's Christian faith was extreme, and that he believed Jesus talked to him.

"I don’t know that I want my vice president, um — speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him," said Hostin.

"It's one thing to talk to Jesus. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you," said Behar, saying it sounded like a 'mental illness'.

Behar later noted that she didn't think Christians were mentally ill for their faith, and added that she herself is a Christian.

Many people took exception to the comments, including Pence, who personally responded in a statement. "To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong," Pence said on C-SPAN.

"It is simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance."

The National Center for Public Policy Research pushed for Christian viewers to lodge complaints, prompting the panel on 'The View' to revisit and apologize for the comments. Some 30,000 phone calls came pouring into the network.

According to most of the hosts, they argued that it's their job to make jokes and discuss all different ideas, and criticism is part of the job.

When lone conservative Meghan McCain tried to say that there was a double-standard and that conservatives and Christians were more frequently targeted by the panel, lead host Whoopi Goldberg shut her down and said they weren't getting into that discussion.

Photos: White House, Gage Skidmore, Flickr

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