In an interview with Sean Hannity on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence said Joy Behar, co-host of The View, called him to apologize for her anti-Christian comments. However, Pence told Hannity that he asked for her to apologize publicly on her show to the "tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended by what she said."
Last month, Behar called hearing Jesus talking to you a "mental illness." She was commenting on former White House staffer Omarosa telling housemates on Big Brother that Pence "thinks Jesus tells him to say things."
HANNITY: You recently had an incident, comments made by Joy Behar of The View, (INAUDIBLE) said that she called you privately to apologize. Can you bring us behind the scenes and tell us what happened? But she didn’t say it publicly. Although the original comments that she made about Christianity were made publicly.
PENCE: Well, Sean, my Christian faith is the most important thing in my life. I mean, my wife and I spend most mornings with a little bit of time in the Bible, a little bit of time in prayer and we’re very typical Americans. I think the tens of millions of Americans cherish their faith. And so when I heard that ABC had a program where my Christian faith had been described as a mental illness, I thought it was important for me to speak out. Not on my own behalf.
You and I know that criticism comes with public life. But I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander. And I did so. And you know, I give Joy Behar a lot of credit. She picked up the phone. She called me. She was very sincere, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you’ve been forgiven.
HANNITY: So does mine, but I’m not as good at it as you --
PENCE: Look, but I said to Joy, of course, I forgive you. That’s part of my faith experience. But I did encourage her and 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 by what she --
HANNITY: (INAUDIBLE) -- sincerity of it, because you’re right, it wasn’t just the shot against you; it was against -- and I’m a Christian, anybody of faith.
PENCE: But for me it was never about me. I mean --
HANNITY: Understood. You don’t take it personally.
PENCE: No, I didn’t take it personally. But in -- I just thought it was important, in this moment, that I speak out, on behalf of the faith of tens of millions of Americans and my hope is that Joy and others on the airways will come to appreciate the meaning and if I can say the joy that comes with faith and respect --