‘The View’ co-hosts apologize to nurses after criticizing Miss Colorado

Published On September 16, 2015 | By Keri | Entertainment News

Joy Behar and Michelle Collins have responded to the controversy they created earlier this week on The View when talking about the Miss America pageant.

Collins was speaking about the talent portion of the show when she brought up Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson’s monologue about being a nurse.

“She came out in a nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win.”

Behar then asked, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”.

Those comments didn’t sit well with thousands of nurses who took to social media to express their anger.

It even led to the creation of the hashtag “#NursesUnite.” Many called for an apology from The View co-hosts, and also pointed out that nurses wear stethoscopes, too.

During today’s broadcast of The View, Collins said, “We love nurses. We adore you. We respect you. You guys are wonderful. You’re the most compassionate people. I was not talking about nurses, we were talking about the talent competition, and it got misconstrued.”

Behar admitted she was “just not paying attention,” and thought Johnson might have just been in “costume.”

“I was just not paying attention. I was looking at a Miss America tape, and there’s a woman wearing an outfit with a stethoscope, and I’m thinking is she in a costume? I didn’t know she was a nurse. I’m used to seeing them in gowns and bathing suits. It’s not like I was trying to be funny. It was just stupid and inattentive. I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about. My son-in-law is a physician’s assistant, one of my nieces is a nurse, so I mean I know they wear stethoscopes, I just wasn’t paying attention. I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about.”

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