'The View' hosts under fire over nurse comment

Posted at 1:45 PM, Sep 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-16 13:45:06-04

DENVER, Colo. -- After hosts from "The View" criticized Miss America contestant Kelly Johnson, of Colorado, #NursesUnite came out swinging to defend the pageant contestant and the nursing profession.

Michelle Collins and Joy Behar, two co-hosts on the daytime talk show, criticized Johnson's talent portion, during which she read a monologue about her true talent, she said, nursing. Dressed in scrubs, she talked about her job and, specifically, a patient with Alzheimer's that she worked with regularly.

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One of the show's hosts Michelle Collins began the discussion and said “She came in a nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails out loud, and shockingly did not win. I was like, ‘That’s not a real talent,’” The View host Michelle Collins said. “She helps patients with Alzheimer’s, which I know is not funny, but I swear you had to see it. Google it if you can.”

Then, Joy Behar, who recently returned to the show, asked “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope around her neck?” and made the point that doctors are not nurses.

Now, #NursesUnite is trending on Twitter, and nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals (as well as people who don't work in the healthcare industry) are voicing XX with "The View". Some are calling for a boycott of the show.