The groveling, excuse-making and canned apologizing that took place Wednesday on ABC-TV’s “The View” did little to quell the firestorm that erupted after co-hosts Joy Behar and Michelle Collins made disparaging comments about nurses.
Not only have three more companies pulled their advertising, but a guest on Wednesday’s program said that after apologizing on the air, Collins continued to badmouth nurses backstage, according to the Daily Mail.
“Yeah, that’s not a real profession. They want to be doctors,” Collins purportedly said, according to guest host Nicole Arbour.
The controversy arose after Behar and Collins mocked Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson, a registered nurse, who performed a monologue about nursing during the talent portion of the Miss America pageant.
Healthcare provider Johnson & Johnson and Eggland’s Best pulled their advertising from the show, and have now been joined by McCormick, Snuggle and Party City.
“I heard the girls being like, ‘Oh, yeah, our nurse jokes didn’t go over well, so we have to apologize because they’re tweeting us too much,'” Arbour said later while appearing on “Opie and Jim Norton” on SiriusXM.
“And I’m like, ‘you all are pu**ies,'” the comedian told the radio hosts. “See, I can sit in my jokes and be like, yeah, I made them, I think it’s funny. Whatever. But they go on there and make a fake apology. When the cameras weren’t rolling, Michelle was like, “Yeah, that’s not a real profession. They want to be doctors.”‘
A spokesperson for the “The View” denied Arbour’s claims, calling them “completely false,” the Mail reported.
“Michelle Collins and Nicole Arbour were never backstage at the same time at ‘The View,'” the spokesperson said. “Michelle was on the stage from the start of the show until after the show ended. Nicole was brought down to the backstage area for her segment after the show started.”
Johnson continues to stand by her profession, according to the Daily Mail. During an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” she said that being a nurse is her talent and she was only trying to give nurses a little recognition.
“I just thought, you know, I want to go up there and I want to be authentic and I want to be Kelley, and if I’m ever going to win Miss America or win Miss Colorado, I want to do it being myself, and I’m a nurse,” she said.
As for the pandering, the show invited students from the New York University College of Nursing on Friday to share more about what hard-working nurses do for a living.
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