Well, it wouldn’t be The View without a little controversy, right?
During Monday's show, the ladies were recapping the Miss America pageant when co-host Michelle Collins brought up Miss Colorado’s performance during the talent portion. Instead of, say, baton twirling or water glass playing, nurse Kelley Johnson performed a monologue about working with an Alzheimer’s patient.
“She came out in a nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win,” Collins joked. “I was like, that’s not a real talent.”
Joy Behar chimed in, asking, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”
Collins then added, “She helps patients with Alzheimer’s, which I know is not funny, but I swear you had to see it.”
Backlash from the nursing community was swift, with nurses using the hashtag #NursesUnite to share pictures of themselves with their stethoscopes.
On Wednesday, Collins responded to the controversy. “We love nurses. We adore you. We respect you. You guys are wonderful,” she said. “You’re the most compassionate people. I was not talking about nurses, we were talking about the talent competition, and it got misconstrued.”
Meanwhile, Behar said she was “just not paying attention.” “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 a costume?” she explained. “I didn’t know she was a nurse. I’m used to seeing them in gowns and bathing suits.”
She continued, “It’s not like I was trying to be funny. It was just stupid and inattentive. I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about.”
Plus, Behar, who returned to the roundtable this year after co-hosting seasons one through 16, recently told ET that she’ll need “a lot of therapy” returning to The View: