Carl Nassib’s decision to come out as gay this week led to a horrific joke from The View‘s Joy Behar on Tuesday, which Behar attempted to rescind later in the broadcast.
The discussion of Nassib’s coming-out prompted Behar to remark, “After they said ‘penetration in the end zone,’ they lost me!”
Later in the segment, Behar said, “I just long for the day when you can just be gay in the world, and it doesn’t become a big deal,” then walked back her earlier joke before tossing to commercial: “By the way, that inappropriate joke I made for daytime television? Scratch it. Make believe I never said it.”
Nassib released a video yesterday sharing his news, in which he explained, “I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I just think representation and visibility are so important.” He continued, “I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary. But until then, I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate.” After playing the clip, Behar asked her co-hosts, “It’s 2021, is this such a big deal?”