Joy Behar of "The View" apologized Tuesday for suggesting mental illness was behind claims by people that Jesus talks to them, in remarks made on her show last month about Vice President Mike Pence.

Her comments launched a protest, and Pence said on Monday that when Behar called him to say she was sorry, he urged her to apologize publicly. So she did on Tuesday's show.

"I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith, and I fell short of that," the comedian said. "I sincerely apologize for what I said."

Behar's original comments came on a Feb. 13 show during a discussion that touched on Pence's Christian faith. "It's one thing to talk to Jesus," Behar said. "It's another thing when Jesus talks to you. That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct — hearing voices."

Pence spoke out against the remarks, and "The View" returned to the topic two days later. Behar mentioned being a Christian herself who gives money to her church.

She called it a joke gone awry. "I don't mean to offend people," she said, "but apparently I keep doing it." The vice president confirmed her apology in his interview Monday with Fox News' Sean Hannity. "I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander," he said. "… And you know, I give Joy Behar a lot of credit. … She called me. She was very sincere, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you've been forgiven."

Josh Groban has a date at the X

He doesn't have a new album yet but Josh Groban is itching to tour. So the operatic pop star has announced shows for the fall, including a Nov. 2 concert at the X in St. Paul. Opening will be Minnesota's favorite Super Bowl singer Idina Menzel, which, no doubt, means cold weather will arrive as she sings "Let It Go" from "Frozen." It's guaranteed that the audience will get more than the one song that the Tony-winning star did this winter for Super Bowl Live on Nicollet Mall. Groban is filming his Netflix series, "The Good Cop," with Tony Danza in New York. He's also working on his eighth studio album, due later this year. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

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new book: The next book from Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai is a story of refugees. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers says that Yousafzai's "We Are Displaced" will come out Sept. 4. The book will combine her own experiences with accounts she has heard while visiting refugee camps. The 20-year-old Pakistani activist for female education said that she hoped to show "the humanity behind the statistics." In 2014, she became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever when given the award at 17. Yousafzai also is known for her bestselling memoir, "I Am Malala."

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