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The conversation had been spurned by a warning from Omarosa Manigault-Newman on Big Brother, who said of the vice president: "I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things".

Behar said: "It's one thing to talk to Jesus. That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct, hearing voices", Behar said.

Behar's comment also sparked backlash from the conservative Media Research Center, which launched a campaign that sparked 40,000 protest calls to ABC.

Pence criticized Behar's comments a day later.

"I think Vice President Pence is right". "She picked up the phone; she called me; she was very honest, and she apologized". "She was very honest, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you've been forgiven", he added.

Neither Behar nor Pence have publicly mentioned the private apology, but Disney CEO Bob Iger, which runs ABC-TV, confirmed it when a shareholder complained at last week's meeting.

Behar garnered outrage from many for her comments on an episode of "The View" that aired February 13 in which she and her co-hosts discussed former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman's criticisms of Pence on the reality TV show "Celebrity Big Brother". "I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith and I fell short of that", Behar said on Tuesday's edition of "The View". Those groups have not said if they would back down now that she has formally apologized.

Pence added, "I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander". She made a call to him and apologised, which I thought was absolutely appropriate. However, the Vice President made it clear that he wasn't offended out of self-concern but on behalf of the millions of Christians who watch The View.

Whether Behar's apology is honest or not is anyone's guess, it well could be, but the fact that she was likely required to give one or else risk losing her job should be on our radar. "Can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?" she later added. "I'm a great admirer of Mike Pence and his family", she said. Today, we begin round 5 (?) of this story with an interview with Mike Pence set to air on Hannity tonight.

Look, but I said to Joy, of course, I forgive you.

In response, Behar claimed that Pence was mentally ill because he believes God talks to him.