ABC continues to remain silent over the 30,000 phone calls they have received from angry viewers of their daytime show The View. Joy Behar, as well as co-host Sunny Hostin, are still smiling and laughing on The View, despite calls coming from furious viewers complaining about the recent behavior of these two.
It is all quiet on the ABC front despite the flood of calls over The View hosts’ words of “anti-Christian bigotry” regarding Vice President Mike Pence. According to Fox News, it was back on February 13 when the panel on The View “criticized Pence’s faith.” Hostin started off by saying, “I don’t know that I want my vice president, um — speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him.”
Co-host Behar appeared to one-up Hostin’s quip with a comment of her own, saying when people say they hear from Jesus, it is actually called “mental illness.” The jokes were met negatively by many viewers, but an open letter to ABC News from MRC President Brent Bozell calling for an apology emerged as the loudest protest.
Media Research Center (MRC), which calls itself “America’s leading media watchdog in documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias,” called for an apology after the show aired, going as far as posting the contact information for not only the president of ABC but for all 14 of The View‘s advertisers as well.
The advertisers received “no fewer than 6,000 calls,” reports the MRC. The list of advertisers include some big names such as Oreo, Clorox, Gerber, and Home Advisor.
As of Wednesday morning, the number of calls ABC received from “angry viewers” has reached 30,588, reports Fox News. As of today, a number of watchdog groups have suggested that it is time for ABC to “divorce itself” from the show. They have urged ABC to wipe that show off their lineup, “which in a typical broadcast typically features four outspoken liberals and a single conservative.”
Pence also spoke out about the comments thrown around on The View regarding his religious beliefs. Pence said, “To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong.” Pence talked about this in a C-SPAN interview on the heels of Behar and Hostin’s derogatory remarks on The View.
Not only hasn’t anything been said about all the phone calls to both ABC and the advertisers of The View, this public outrage doesn’t seem to have done anything to calm things down among the co-host’s flippant and inappropriate comments on-air. According to Fox News, on Monday’s show, Behar targeted CPAC by saying the “conservative conference’s participants have a ‘penchant for Nazis.'”