Mike Pence Joy Behar

Vice President Mike Pence has accepted Joy Behar’s public apology after she mocked him and called all Christians “mentally ill” for having conversations with God. Behar humbly apologized to Christians during an episode of The View on Tuesday.

Pence told Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity that Behar should apologize publicly to all Christians after she called him in private to apologize for saying Christians were “mentally ill”.

“I give Joy Behar a lot of credit,” Pence said, “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.”

“I think Vice President Pence is right,” Behar said on The View on Tuesday. “I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith and I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said.”

Behar initially resisted apologizing to Christians in public — even after her bosses at ABC urged her to do so. The network was inundated with over 40,000 calls from outraged Christians after Behar mocked their religion.

Pence told Hannity he was glad Behar called him to humbly apologize in private, but he wanted her to apologize publicly because “tens of millions of Americans … were equally offended” by what she said back in February.

Pence added, “I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander.” He also said it’s important to him that Behar “and others on the airwaves” realize that people find joy and comfort in their faith.