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'The View' Host Joy Behar Roasted For 'Homophobic' Joke Aimed At First Openly Gay NFL Player Carl Nassib

Jun. 22 2021, Published 4:07 p.m. ET

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Joy Behar is getting slammed on social media after cracking a tasteless joke aimed at the first openly gay NFL player Carl Nassib.

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The 28-year-old Las Vegas Raiders defensive end made headlines on Monday when he came out about his sexuality.

While he's been showered with support since his announcement, Behar's comment on Tuesday left her an open target.

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The 78-year-old was discussing Nassib's sexuality with her View co-stars when she asked, "I know he's the first active NFL player ever to come as gay but come on it's 2021, is this such a big deal?"

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When the ladies around the table ensured her that it was, Behar responded, "You know after they said penetration in the end zone they lost me."

Her co-stars Anna Navarro, Sara Haines, and Meghan McCain looked at her in disbelief, but she didn't stop there.

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Behar attempted to repair the damage but continued to stick her foot in her mouth. "I just long for the days where you can just be gay in the world and it doesn’t become a big deal," she said.

"That inappropriate joke I made for daytime television - scratch it. Make believe I never said it. We'll be right back," Behar added.

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Viewers were not happy and immediately took to Twitter to trash Behar over her comments.

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"Gay jokes were NEVER funny. Get a clue," one angry watcher wrote.

"Just watched Joy Behar on The View simply dismiss an off color joke about a gay NFL player. Hmm, I guess it's that easy to brush off homophobic humor," shared another.

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"What would happen if a conservative made a statement like this? 'The media would blow up!" fumed a third.

On Monday, Nassib posted a selfie-style video and said, "I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay."

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“Sadly, I have agonized over this moment for the last 15 years. Only until recently, thanks to my family and friends, especially Connor, Cason and Francis, did it seem possible for me to say publicly and proudly that I’m gay," he continued.

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Nassib also thanked his coaches, teammates, and the NFL for their support. The NFL player also revealed he's planning on donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project because "they’re the number one suicide-prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America.”

Radar has reached out to Joy Behar's rep for comment. So far, no word back.

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