|Joy Behar on the Set of The View (ABC)|
TVOn February 13, 2018, the women of ABC’s The View discussed Mike Pence and his faith. As is often the case, co-host Joy Behar threw in her two cents with a touch of humor but the “joke” fell flat. She stated that Pence might have a mental illness because he claimed to have heard Jesus speak to him. Pence himself (who didn’t actually see the exchange) wasn’t amused.
“To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong,” Pence said during an appearance on C-SPAN following the controversial remarks. “It is simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance.”
Since then, ABC has received over 30,000 calls since the Media Research Center began a campaign to hold the TV show co-hosts accountable for “spewing anti-Christian bigotry,” reports Fox News.
According to Fox News the MRC president, Brent Bozell published an open letter to ABC News calling for the apology. As of this morning, ABC had received 30,588 angry calls and advertisers, including Clorox, Gerber and Oreo have received at least 6,000 calls.
“I am sure the advertisers of The View will be just as appalled as I am about the anti-Christian remarks made on the show,” Bozell wrote.
To date, no formal apology has been given, but the subject was brought up the following day after the controversial remarks were made and Meghan McCain apologized to Pence on behalf of the show in the clip below.