Joy Behar On ‘The View’ Tries To Walk Back Insensitive NFL Gay Joke

A joke that Joy Behar made about Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib didn’t exactly score the touchdown she intended.

On Monday, Nassib became the first active NFL player in history to come out as gay. Naturally, it was a big topic of discussion on Tuesday’s episode of “The View.”

But Behar couldn’t help going for the giggle by saying, “After they said penetration in the end zone, they lost me!”

Behar’s co-hosts reacted to the joke in different ways: guest host Ana Navarro put her fingers in her ears, while Sara Haines groaned, Sunny Hostin shook her head and Meghan McCain rolled her eyes.

At the end of the segment, Behar walked back the joke by asking the audience to pretend she never said it.

“I just long for the day when you can just be gay in the world, and it doesn’t become a big deal,” Behar said, adding, “By the way, that inappropriate joke I made for daytime television? Scratch it. Make believe I never said it.”

But some Twitter users expressed disappointment that Behar felt the need to make the joke in the first place.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the guest host as Ana Cabrera instead of Ana Navarro.



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