The View’s Joy Behar Apologizes for ‘Premature Evaluation’ of Erroneous ABC News Report on Trump, Flynn


Joy Behar, co-host of ABC's "The View," apologized at the start of Monday's show after she reacted enthusiastically to an erroneous report that Donald Trump ordered Michael Flynn to contact Russian officials.

On Friday, Behar read off a report from ABC News reporter Brian Ross claiming that Flynn, the former White House national security adviser, would soon testify that Trump gave the order to contact the Russians when he was still a candidate, seemingly verifying allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"Yes!" Behar yelled as the audience cheered. "Yay!"

But hours later, ABC News corrected Ross' report, acknowledging his sources actually said Trump made the order while he was president-elect. Ross was subsequently suspended for four weeks without pay for the error.

"So on Friday's show, apparently I was guilty of premature evaluation," Behar said on Monday to laughter. "I hear they have a pill for that now."

"ABC News reporter Brian Ross released a story claiming that when Trump was a candidate he told Michael Flynn to contact the Russians. Ross later corrected himself, saying it was actually when Trump was president-elect. Brian has been suspended for a month," Behar announced.

Alex Griswold

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