Updated 07:08 AM EST, Mon, Mar 01, 2021

'The View' Hosts Apologize for Remarks About Nurses: 'We Respect You'

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"The View" will not be called that if hosts don't share their views about the vast topics that they're covering, but sometimes, this sort of freedom can backfire on them. 

Take their diss against nurses, for instance.

Talk about foot-in-the-mouth syndrome. E! News reported that two hosts on the ABC talk show took the heat when they dissed Miss Colorado and her monologue on nursing last Monday.

Kelley Johnson, who appeared on stage donning purple nursing scrubs, got the attention of host Michelle Collins, who said to her panelists, there was a girl who wrote her own monologue and I was like 'turn the volume up, this is going be amazing, let's listen. She came out in a nurse's uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win."

However, the brunt of the anger went to Joy Behar, who remarked naively, "Why does she have a doctor's stethoscope on?"

These comments sparked outrage from health care workers, with hashtags #NursesUnite and #RespectNurses trending on social media.

However, the New York Daily News reported that the hosts apologized about their comments on Wednesday, with Behar saying that her remarks are "stupid and inattentive" as she did not realize Johnson was wearing nursing scrubs.

She said on the show, "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 the costume?' I didn't know she was a [real] nurse. So I'm used to seeing . . . [contestants] in gowns and bathing suits. . . . It was just stupid and inattentive on my part."

Collins also said, "I want to say, we love nurses, if you're watching, we adore you, respect you."

ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano said in a statement via News Day, "We are pleased that Behar apologized on the show this morning and think this is a great opportunity for those in the media to highlight the important, lifesaving role of nurses and to show them the respect they deserve."

But why dress as a nurse during a pageant? NY Daily News reported that Johnson's monologue was her way of sharing her talent as a nurse, recalling an Alzhiemer's patient she helped out.

And she didn't dress up in scrubs just for show either. Kelley Johnson finisher her nursing degree from the Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa just this April as valedictorian.

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