Meghan McCain admits she was "uncomfortable" after Joy Behar suggested the VP might suffer from "mental illness."
Pence was ticked off about comments the comedian made while discussing Omarosa's "Big Brother" warning that Pence is an "extreme" Christian who believes "Jesus tells him to say things" earlier in the week. "It's one thing to talk to Jesus, it's another thing when Jesus talks to you," Behar said Tuesday. "That's called mental illness if I'm not correct. Hearing voices."
"It's just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance. We're better than that," Pence said in response on Wednesday.
Whoopi Goldberg kicked off today's conversation by flat out asking Behar if she believes "Christians are mentally ill."
"That would make me mentally ill since I'm a Christian myself," she replied. "It would make my mother mentally ill, my mother, my aunts, my daughter, of course not. I don't mean to offend people but apparently I keep doing it. It was a joke. Comedians are in danger these days."
Goldberg then pointed out that the show "has had great relationships with all kinds of leaders of different religions." And thought she admitted they don't always agree, they always "listen."
"The idea that this show is not tolerant of other people's religious beliefs, I find a little hard," she added. "I'm a Christian. I give money to the church," added Joy, "I actually help Christians with my pocket book. I'm not insulting Christians."
Meghan McCain then admitted the conversation about Pence earlier in the week did make her "uncomfortable."
"First of all, thank you Joy for saying this. I think it's important for you to recognize that so many people were upset and offended and I'm there’s going to be a point in time when I say something that's going to get people riled up, that's the nature of live television," she said.
"I've had a very hard time the past two days with this," she continued. "My in-laws are Evangelical, my entire family are devoutly Christian. If you watch the segment, I'm so uncomfortable. I think [guest Sherri Shepherd] even made the comment about how uncomfortable I look at the time. I think we're living in incredibly divisive times right now."
She then shifted to a more general conversation about liberals and Republicans, something Goldberg was quick to shut down.
"As a Republican, I feel like liberals say we need to be tolerant of everyone, we need to be tolerant of everyone except pro-lifers," said McCain. "Except Trump supporters, except gun owners, except for everyone in the red and middle of the country."
"I'm gonna stop you because that's not actually true and I'm stopping you for a reason," Whoopi interrupted. "We don't want to talk about liberals and what they're doing because I'm trying to get out of this because this is what they've asked me to do."
"I would like to move forward. I think we would all collectively like to move forward," McCain responded. "I am a great admirer of Mike Pence and his family, I would like to apologize to him and his family in particular. This is a show where we respect one another and we respect everyone else in the country."
"We also have a first amendment in this country," Behar added.
Sunny Hostin, another devout Catholic, also said the "notion that we're intolerant is just not true."
"I've been very open about being pro-life and while I have been challenged in those views, I've always been respected by the ladies of this show," she said.
The segment ended with Joy adding a quick, "So there," before the show went to commercial.