NFL player Carl Nassib’s decision to call himself gay led to a joke from The View’s Joy Behar on Tuesday, which Behar attempted to undo later on the show.
As seen in a clip posted to Twitter by journalist Justin Baragona (embedded below), the discussion of Nassib’s coming out prompted Behar to make the remark: “After saying” penetrating the end zone “They lost me!” In response, guest co-host Ana Navarro put her fingers in her ears jokingly, while Sara Haines moaned and bowed her head, Sunny Hostin shook her head smiling and Meghan McCain raised her eyebrows at the comment.
Later in the segment, Behar said, “I’m just waiting for the day when you can be gay in the world, and that doesn’t become a big deal,” then went back to his previous joke before moving on to the commercial: “By the way, that inappropriate joke I made for daytime TV? Scratch it. Make it look like I never said it.
Behar wasn’t the only media figure to blunder while reporting on Nassib, a Las Vegas Raiders defensive end who came out in a video message Monday night. On ESPN, a SportsCenter chyron (pictured right) mistakenly identified Nassib as the “first actively gay NFL player,” instead of describing him as the first active NFL player in league history to turn out to be gay.
Likewise, social media users slammed the New York Times on Tuesday for a headline that read, “Carl Nassib was an NFL Everyman. Then he came out as gay. The title appears to have since changed and now reads: “Carl Nassib, NFL’s first openly gay player, was an ordinary footballer.”
Watch the video of Behar’s joke and his retraction below:
Joy Behar tries to bring him back at the end of the segment.
By the way, that inappropriate joke I made for daytime TV, cross it. Make believe that I never said it. “Pic.twitter.com/z4klo7CXBc
– Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 22, 2021