Joy Behar’s groveling after repeatedly misgendering Caitlyn Jenner falls flat when critics smell politics

The View’s Joy Behar stumbled and repeatedly misgendered Caitlyn Jenner on Friday’s show as they were discussing her bid for governor of California. She later went on to apologize for her mistake.

“He’s got this guy Brad Parscale running his campaign. What do you think about that? I mean that guy was accused of using campaign funds to enrich himself,” Behar remarked and then asked Sunny Hostin what her thoughts on Jenner’s campaign were. “That’s who is running his campaign, or her campaign, rather.” Jenner transitioned to a woman in 2015.

Behar went on to make the same mistake later in the segment after Meghan McCain spoke on the issue of Jenner’s gubernatorial run. McCain and Hostin both were in agreement that “she’s woefully unprepared to run for governor and to run anything.”

Both Ana Navarro and Sara Haines were supportive of the former Olympian athlete’s bid, even though they panned her on political issues just as the other co-hosts did. Jenner has supported both Ted Cruz and former President Trump in the past. She is taking a strong stance against Gavin Newsom’s draconian COVID-19 lockdowns.

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“I don’t take it that seriously, maybe I should,” McCain quipped. “I don’t think she’s going to win and I’m not saying that to be rude or negative. I agree with Sunny, I don’t think this is the type of thing that should have on-the-job training. California is a mess.” She pointed out that she had a lot of friends in California and they were either leaving or were in a state of shock over issues such as rampant homelessness in the state.

“Right, I would go along with that,” Behar declared. “I think that he should — she, rather, should take a seat and let somebody with the credentials take over a major state like California.”

Behar later apologized for her goof, adding, “but, whatever, it just came out so I’m sorry if anybody was upset by that.”

“So first of all let me apologize for my pronoun mix-up,” she stated after the commercial break. “I think I just didn’t get enough sleep last night. I had no intention of mixing them up and I tried to correct it immediately but, whatever, it just came out so I’m sorry if anybody was upset by that.”

That wasn’t a sufficient excuse for some viewers who blasted Behar’s comments as “disgusting and uncalled for.” Others accused her of being “anti-transgender” and demanded that ABC fire her.

Behar also apologized for other comments she made on Friday’s show. At the beginning of the broadcast, she introduced a segment highlighting a parent who demanded a Georgia school board end its mask mandate for young children by stating that the mother was “bitching about it.”

Co-host Meghan McCain objected to Behar’s attack on the mother and Behar sort of apologized for it: “Maybe I shouldn’t have said she was ‘bitching,’” she agreed. “I apologize. It just slipped out.”

Behar was ripped on social media for her mistake concerning Jenner:

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