‘The View’s’ Joy Behar calls Mike Pence to apologize for calling his Christian faith a ‘mental illness’

Joy Behar, a co-host of ABC's "The View," has apologized to Vice President Mike Pence for mocking his Christian faith and suggesting his religious views made him mentally ill.The "miscommunication," as Behar's manager put it, dates back to last month, when Behar and her co-hosts were discussing comments that former West Wing staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman had made on "Celebrity Big Brother.""He's extreme," Manigault Newman said to her fellow contestants about Pence, who has ties to the evangelical community. "I'm Christian. I love Jesus. But he thinks Jesus tells him to say things. I'm like, 'Jesus ain't saying that.' "That prompted the women of "The View" on Feb. 13 to critique Pence's faith. Co-host Sunny Hostin said, "I don't know that I want my vice president, um - speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him."Behar responded, "It's one thing to talk to Jesus. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you. That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct, hearing voices."On C-SPAN the next day, Pence attacked ABC, saying that the network should not have broadcast a "forum that compared Christianity to mental illness.""It's an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who like me cherish their faith," he said. "It demonstrates how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people. That you could have a major network like ABC permit a forum for invective against religion like that."The right-wing Media Research Center launched an effort to hold "The View" accountable for promoting "anti-Christian bigotry," according to an open letter to ABC News from the group's president, Brent Bozell. The MRC describes itself as the "nation's premier media watchdog," with the mission of exposing and neutralizing the "propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media."By the end of February, MRC's campaign had led to at least 30,000 calls insisting that Behar apologize, as well as 6,000 calls to the Continue Reading

Bob Iger: Joy Behar Apologized to Mike Pence for Anti-Christian Comments

The comedian Joy Behar personally apologized to Vice President Mike Pence for comments she made mocking his religious faith, Disney CEO has Bob Iger revealed during a Q&A session for Disney shareholders on Thursday. Behar, who co-hosts the ABC daytime political talk show The View, said last month that Pence suffered from a “mental illness” if he believed that Jesus was speaking to him.“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus,” Behar said. “It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices.” “My question is, can he talk to Mary Magdalene when his wife isn’t in the room?” she added.National Center for Public Policy Research general counsel Justin Danhof criticized Iger and Disney, which owns ABC, calling the comments “strange when trust in media is at an all-time low.” Danhof, during the Q&A, also told the Disney boss that ESPN had become “24/7 anti-President Donald Trump tirade channel.” “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?” Danhof asked of Igner. “Specifically, do you think, like Mrs. Hostin and Mrs. Behar, that the Christian faith is akin to a dangerous mental illness?” “I don’t know where I start. First of all, Joy Behar apologized to Vice President Pence directly,” Igner responded. “She made a call to him and apologized, which I thought was absolutely appropriate.” Pence criticized ABC over the comments for what he described as an example of “religious intolerance” and an “insult to the vast majority of Americans.” “To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong,” Pence said. “It is simply wrong for ABC to Continue Reading

‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Blast Joy Behar: ‘Obviously She Doesn’t Know Christ’

"She's Jewish, isn't she?" co-host Brian Kilmeade says of "The View" comedian who was raised Catholic Jon Levine, provided by Published 7:53 am, Thursday, February 15, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 ‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Blast Joy Behar: ‘Obviously She Doesn’t Know Christ’ 1 / 1 Back to Gallery “Fox & Friends” co-hosts on Wednesday took to bashing the religious beliefs of “The View” co-host Joy Behar, an Italian-American who was raised Roman Catholic. “As a Christian, obviously she doesn’t know Christ,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said of Behar after the comedian called out Vice President Mike Pence’s religiosity. “She doesn’t know the joy and the love that he provides for so many people.” “She’s Jewish, isn’t she?” fellow co-host Brian Kilmeade asked. Also Read: Fox News Removes Column Condemning 'Darker, Gayer, Different' Olympics You might also like: Now Playing: Meghan McCain, the 32-year-old daughter of Arizona GOP Senator John McCain, has signed on to be a regular cohost on 'The View'. McCain, who will replace Jedidiah Bila as a conservative voice on the show, recently left a role on the Fox News program 'Outnumbered'. Before joining Fox News, she co-hosted the Pivot Network’s "TakePart Live" and contributed to publications such as the Daily Beast, Newsweek and Time. McCain is reportedly set to begin her new job in early October, joining 'View' co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sara Haines, Paula Faris and Sunny Hostin. Media: Wochit The Fox News hosts took the oddly personal turn after Tuesday’s episode of “The View,” when Behar responded to former White House aide Omarosa Manigault’s claim on “Celebrity Big Brother” that Pence “thinks Jesus tells him to say things.” Behar ripped into the vice president Continue Reading

‘The View’ Hosts Side With Jane Fonda Amid Megyn Kelly Feud

“The View” hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain and Sunny Hostin recently weighed in on Jane Fonda and Megyn Kelly’s feud. Goldberg appeared to side with Fonda and said that if the 80-year-old actress does not have the right to lecture anyone, Kelly does not have the right to do so either. “Wow. I mean, really? To drag the Vietnam War into a plastic surgery conversation is a real stretch, Megyn,” she said (via E! News). On Monday, Kelly slammed Fonda for saying that she is not a good interviewer because Kelly grilled the “Grace and Frankie” star about her plastic surgery during their interview in September. The “Megyn Kelly Today” host fired back and said that Fonda does not have the right to lecture anyone because her name is “synonymous to outrage.” Kelly went on to talk about the Vietnam War and said that a lot of people still call Fonda “Hanoi Jane” since she showed support for the country’s former “enemies.” Fonda also previously said that she is not proud of her home country. Behar said, “And also, why are people more angry with Jane Fonda about the Vietnam War than they are with Nixon and LBJ and people who lied about the war and sent boys as cannon fodder to an unjust and filthy war? It amazes me how you can put this on Jane.” McCain seconded her co-hosts statements and said that Kelly was wrong to bring up something that did not have anything to do with plastic surgery. Hostin said that she agrees with McCain because she has never seen a host do what Kelly did on live television. “Who’s the journalist?” Behar asked her co-hosts. “Exactly! And that’s the point,” Hostin said. “The View” guest co-host Ann Curry said that it would have been better if Kelly just did not respond to Fonda in the manner that she did. “The reason you don’t see a response like Kelly’s is because Continue Reading

Joy Behar rejoins ‘The View’ as new co-hosts Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris debut in Season 19 premiere

There's now a lot more joy to be found on the “The View." Original co-host Joy Behar officiallyreturned to the ABC gabfest on Tuesday, and her introduction came courtesy of none other than the President of the United States (aka “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn). When asked by President Fitzgerald Grant if she was ready to return to the talk show, Behar said she was up for the challenge. “In the words of Donald Trump, it’s going to be tremendous. It’s going to be huge.” The show launched its 19th season with moderator Whoopi Goldberg welcoming back the “fabulous Joy Behar,” who exited the show in 2013. “I’m back,” the 72-year-old comedian said, receiving huge applause from the audience. While Behar sat front and center at the panel, the show proceeded business as usual, segueing almost immediately to catching up with the other co-hosts about their summer vacations. But Goldberg gave a nod to the panel’s revolving door of entrances and exits — Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace were replaced by Raven Symone, Michelle Collins, Paula Faris and Cameron Candace Bure, the latter two making their official debut on Tuesday’s show — by talking about the talk show’s new coffee mugs. “Where are the faces? We used to have faces because people stuck around,” Goldberg said about the mugs, which featured the show's logo, Twitter handle and hashag. “I think we’re sticking around, so...” Faris added. “This is in case they want to get rid of any of us," Behar wryly noted. Bure received her own introduction to the talk show in a later segment, and explained that her highly anticipated Netflix series precluded her from being on the show every day. “I’m not going to be on the table every day until I finish up (shooting) ‘Fuller House,’” she said, Continue Reading

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wonders if he should go ‘Dancing With the Stars’; Joy Behar takes dig at former ‘View’ co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Ain’t that a kick in the head? Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is considering appearing on “Dancing With the Stars.” The environmentalist’s daughter, Kick, spilled the news on her Instagram account by posting a text message marked from “Father” seeking advice on the idea. “I just got solicited to do a show called dancing with the stars,” said the message, “They will pay me $150,000 to commit and additional $350,000 if I make it into the semifinals in a televised dance contest. I know that some of you have seen me dance and I thought it advisable to consult you as I consider this offer.” The initial figure tallies with a 2010 Hollywood Reporter story saying contestants make $125,000 on signing up, with a “$345,000 pot up for grabs during the 10 weeks of airtime.” It wouldn’t be the first time Kennedy has cut a rug in public. At his high-profile wedding to actress Cheryl Hines on Aug. 2, the pair did their first dance to Adele ’s “Make You Feel My Love” in front of some 250 guests. Although Camelot succumbed to reality TV when Jackie Onassis’ relative Carole Radziwill joined the “The Real Housewives of New York,” this would be the first time a Kennedy has appeared in the sometimes-seedy genre. Reps for Kennedy and the show declined to comment. MAKING SHOPPING TRIPS SWIFTER It’s been declared the year of Taylor Swift, and no one seems to be enjoying it more than the Swift family. Swift walked around downtown on Sunday with her younger brother, Austin, her mother, Andrea, and her father, Scott, as they picked out Christmas presents. Just in case anyone forgot that this is no normal family, their gifts were unloaded from an SUV by Swift’s security guards. MOUTHING OFF OVER KIMYE AD Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, crowed that he wanted his spring/summer 2015 menswear Continue Reading

Joy Behar on Trump SNL Skits: ‘Dictators’ Hate Being Subjects of Jokes

Monday on "The View", panelist Joy Behar said "Saturday Night Live" appeared to compare President Trump to a dictator, saying that authoritarians do not like being publicly lampooned."There is nothing that a dictator hates more than being made fun of," Behar said in response to panelist Whoopi Goldberg saying "laughs" are what America needs right now. 'We're at Risk': Behar Says Trump 'Has to Step Down' Before Inauguration Joy Behar: 'Let's Do It Over Again' if There Was Voter Fraud in the Election Joy Behar Slams Trump: 'He's Not Right in the Head' The panel was discussing several recent "SNL" sketches, including one in which Kenan Thompson, portraying Zimbabwe's infamous president Robert Mugabe, laughed at the prospect of Alec Baldwin's Trump being a dictator and threatened him.In "The Producers", Behar said, director Mel Brooks made fun of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler:"If Hitler were around [then], he would hate it," she said.What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. Report: Barbara Walters Critical of 'The View' After Departure 'Get Ready for Pres-Elect Trump': Conway Clashes with Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goes Off on Carson: Why Are You Supporting 'Racist' Trump?! Continue Reading


Through a mixture of good and bad luck, ABC's morning lineup yesterday provided three straight hours of soap opera - before any of the network's actual soap operas began. There was "Good Morning America," in its first outing after Robin Roberts was promoted to co-host with Diane Sawyer, inaugurating the first female morning-show duo in network history. There was "The View," in its second day without Star Jones Reynolds, welcoming "special guest co-host" (in Barbara Walters' words) Renee Goldsberry, who had been recruited "almost at the last minute" (again, Walters' words). And in between, on "Live! With Regis and Kelly," there was Regis Philbin, who wasted no time at all after opening his show (which broadcasts down the hall from the also-live "The View") to joke about fearing for his life, hearing gunshots, and walking down there on live TV to perform some sort of can't-we-all-just-get-along intervention. Philbin's co-host, Kelly Ripa, was just as blunt, saying she was uncomfortable with the tone of "The View" since Jones Reynolds surprised her colleagues by announcing, on the air, her imminent departure (an act that made it not just imminent, but immediate). ABC's perspective could be measured by the way Roberts, on yesterday's "GMA," introduced a brief piece on the subject. She summarized it as "a war of words between Star Jones Reynolds and ABC's own Barbara Walters" - and it was clear, from the placement of the words "ABC's own," around whom the wagons had been circled. Neither Roberts nor Sawyer got to speak to Walters or her former "View" cohort as part of that report. Walters' remarks were taken straight from Wednesday's "View," and Jones Reynolds' were taken from an earlier, puffier appearance on "20/20." But on a day when "GMA" had every reason to embrace the idea of female solidarity, the Star Jones Reynolds fiasco made for a very ugly "View." On "GMA," Roberts and Sawyer got down to business almost instantly. After making a joke about Continue Reading

CHAT FIGHT!. Will brash Rosie O’Donnell upend the cozy world of ‘The View’?. HERE’S….ROSIE!

Rosie O'Donnell, a pull-no-punches comedian with a well-honed knack for the resounding put-down, will take Meredith Vieira's place on Barbara Walter's late-morning ABC talker, "The View," this fall. But O'Donnell couldn't be more different from Vieira, the sweet, polite, amiable traffic cop. And let's face it, she's obviously less concerned about her hair, makeup (or lack thereof) and waistline than her future co-workers. So how will she fit in with this coffee klatsch? "She totally changes the chemical equation of that show," says Robert Thompson, director of the center for popular television at Syracuse University. "Meredith Vieira was kind of like the vice president of the show when Her Majesty Barbara wasn't there. " Walters, the grande dame of TV news and the show's den mother, may have to put in more hours on the "View" couch to offset the news void. Vieira, of course, has a lengthy news background that includes stints at "60 Minutes" and ABC News prior to her nine-year tenure at "The View. " Her new gig at NBC's "Today" will put those hard-news skills to use. But she also employed them to good effect on "The View," adding a patina of credibility to a show that is very much rooted in cultural trends. "[Vieira] was not in the least bit embarrassed to play 'The View' games and talk about sex," says Thompson. "But her résumé was never far from our minds or the way that she behaved. " O'Donnell has a very different résumé. She came of age in the unforgiving spotlights of the comedy club circuit. And while she obviously is very good at playing nice on daytime, she's a six-time Emmy winner for her own talk show, which ran from 1996-2002, and has never had to share the stage. "Is she going to be able to be from 20% to 25% of an ensemble show when she used to be the boss? " asks Thompson. It could get ugly. O'Donnell's well-documented derision of "The View's" Star Jones and her dramatic and purported all-natural Continue Reading

Joy Behar doesn’t blame ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ spoof on Fredric Brandt’s death: ‘Satire doesn’t cause suicide’

Joy Behar doesn’t hold fellow comedians Tina Fey and Martin Short responsible for the death of her friend Dr. Fredric Brandt. It was widely reported that “The Baron of Botox,” who committed suicide on Sunday, had been upset by Short’s portrayal of a grotesque character apparently based on him in Fey’s Netflix show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” “Satire doesn’t cause suicide,” Behar told [email protected] at the Hollywood Reporter’s annual 35 Most Powerful People in Media event Wednesday night. “We had a chat about his Sirius show being cancelled,” said the former “The View” co-host, who says that she saw Brandt three weeks ago. “He was upset about that. Who knows what causes these things? He might have been manic depressive for all I know.” “He was alone in the world,” said Behar at the Four Seasons party at the Four Seasons restaurant, “He loved his dogs. I don't know what to say about it except it was shocking, quite shocking.” The dermatologist, who treated Madonna and Kelly Ripa among others, was found hanging in his Miami home by a friend. He was being treated for depression and was on suicide watch. Sources close to Brandt had told the Daily News that he was very self-conscious about his appearance and that he had been “upset” by the scenes in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Continue Reading