The View has apologized for co-hosts Michelle Collins and Joy Behar's comments about nurses in a major way. During Friday's episode, The View welcomed dozens of nurses to the show and gave them a platform to discuss the importance of the profession.
"When you think about how nurses are perceived and you look at the Gallup poll, for 13 years running we've been listed as the most honest, ethical, and trusted profession out there. But sometimes we don't feel like we're the most respected," said Larry Slater, clinical assistant professor from NYU College of Nursing, according to Entertainment Weekly. "Nurses come to the forefront a lot during times of tragedy, with the countless amazing women and men who have saved lives after 9/11 or Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, or the tsunami in Asia in 2004, or the military nurses on the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Collins apologized for the comments she and Behar made regarding Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson's monologue about being a nurse, explaining that she "really didn't understand the challenges facing nurses."
"I'll be honest, I think the comments made Monday kind of played into that, and I'm sorry about that. Every day you guys deal with life and death situations," Collins said.
Unfortunately, The View's tribute to nurses might be too little, too late. On Thursday, Johnson & Johnson and Eggland's Best had already pulled advertising for the ABC talk show.