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'The View' features nurses on the show, hosts apologize again after backlash, advertising losses

From left, "The View" co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Michelle

From left, "The View" co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Michelle Collins, Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure and Raven-Symone. Credit: ABC / Lou Rocco

In damage-control mode, "The View" welcomed a group of nurses on Friday's show as the hosts reiterated their apologies for remarks Monday poking fun at a nurse competing in the Miss America pageant.

"After we made comments about the Miss America broadcast and the talent performance by Miss Colorado, we heard from many of you," co-host Joy Behar told the audience. "You let us know that you were offended by some of our comments and believe me, we were listening. We apologize for our remarks and we know how vitally important nurses are."

She then introduced New York University College of Nursing director of simulation learning Kellie D. Bryant and clinical assistant professor Larry Z. Slater, telling the two, "Almost everyone has come in contact with a nurse at some point ... We know how dedicated and wonderful you all are."

Fellow co-host Michelle Collins told Bryant and Slater, "I really didn't understand the challenges facing nurses and the need to improve how people view and appreciate what you guys do. And I'll be honest, I think the comments made Monday kind of played into that and I'm sorry about that."

"When you think about how nurses are perceived and you look at the Gallup poll," said Slater, "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." He added, "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 said that, "Hopefully, by focusing on this today, we can help better understand and recognize the critical role that nurses play in caring for others and making such a big difference." Over three dozen nurses then came onstage as Behar told them, "Thank you, nurses. Thank you all very much."

The pharmaceutical and healthcare-product giant Johnson & Johnson and the egg company Eggland's Best each pulled their advertising from "The View" this week despite the show issuing an apology for joking about Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, who's also a registered nurse. In the talent portion of the Miss America pageant Sunday, Johnson gave a monologue about her profession. The head of the American Nurses Association accepted the show's apology Wednesday.

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