ABC remains silent as pressure mounts on The View co-host Joy Behar to issue a public apology for the “millions of Christians” tuning in to the daytime talk show.
Multiple sources from the television network said that ABC—despite complaints from more than 30,000 viewers—has not subjected Behar’s comments for a formal review from the Editorial Standards and Practices department of ABC News.
That department within ABC would determine whether Behar should make a public apology and whether The View senior executive producer Estey McLoughlin would face consequences for Behar’s remarks.
“ABC is doing absolutely nothing about this,” a source from the television network told Fox News.
Behar told the millions who tuned into The View on February 13 that Vice President Mike Pence had a “mental illness” for claiming he could speak to Jesus.
“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.”
Pence described Behar’s comments as an example of “religious intolerance” and an “insult” to many Americans who are faithful.
“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 have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance.”
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney/ABC television, told shareholders at a Thursday meeting that Behar had done enough to apologize for her remarks.
“Joy Behar apologized to Vice President Pence directly. She made a call to him and apologized, which I thought was absolutely appropriate,” Iger said.
Iger made the remarks during the shareholder meeting in response to a question from National Center for Public Policy Research general counsel Justin Danhof, who asked what he would say to the “millions of Christians and Trump supporters” the network offended.
A White House source confirmed that Pence accepted Behar’s apology, but was hoping she would take it a step further and make a public “mea culpa” to the “millions of Christians” who watch The View.
Behar, however, has yet to release a public statement apologizing for the comments and the network has not asked her to make one.