Joy Behar Under Fire for Comments About Nurses and Miss Colorado

"The View" co-host Joy Behar
"The View" co-host Joy Behar. Photo credit: Barry Gordin

Sag Harbor’s Joy Behar, who recently returned to daytime talkshow The View as a full-time co-host, is already at the center of controversy, this time for comments she made about Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson, a nurse.

On Monday’s show, co-host Michelle Collins first brought up the talent portion of the Miss America pageant, and Johnson’s decision to deliver a monologue about her experience as a nurse.

“She came out in her nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails outloud, and shockingly did not win. I was like, ‘That’s not a real talent.’ I swear to god, it was hilarious,” Collins said.

“Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope around her neck?” Behar asked.

Behar tweeted an apology Wednesday.


In Wednesday’s The View, Behar explained that she was being inattentive. She said she saw Johnson in her nurse’s scrubs with a stethoscope, and she thought maybe it was just a costume. “I’m used to seeing them in gowns and bathing suits,” she said of Miss America contestants.

Collins said their comments were taken out of context.

Watch Johnson’s monologue:

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