The View Co-Hosts Facing Backlash After Mocking Miss America Nurse Monologue: ''Why Does She Have a Doctor's Stethoscope?''

''She came out in a nurse's uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win,'' Michelle Collins said on the show

By Alyssa Toomey Sep 15, 2015 11:54 PMTags
Miss Colorado, Miss America Pageant 2016, Joy BeharMiss America Organization; Getty Images

It's been one week since The View returned with a (mostly) new panel of co-hosts and the ABC show is already stirring up controversy. 

On Monday, the ladies at the round table, including Michelle Collins, Joy Behar, Raven-Symoné and Paula Faris, were discussing the recent Miss America pageant, during which, for the talent portion, Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson performed a monologue and discussed her profession as a nurse.

Well, the co-hosts were not having it. 

"The talent, though, I have to say, the woman who won sang opera, and she was incredible. Really good," Collins said. "But then there was a girl who wrote her own monologue and I was like 'Turn the volume up, this is going be amazing, let's listen'. She came out in a nurse's uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win."

"Seriously?!" Joy Behar responded, appearing incredibly perplexed. 

"I swear to God it was hilarious," Collins replied. 

"Why does she have a doctor's stethoscope on?" Behar asked before Collins clarified, "She helps patients with Alzheimer's, which I know is not funny, but I swear you had to see it."

VIDEO: Vanessa Williams receives an apology at Miss America 

Of course, Behar misspoke, as a stethoscope isn't just for doctors—nurses wear them, too—a point that a number of nurses were more than happy to make on Twitter. 

Today on The View, Joy Behar and crew mocked Miss Colorado Kelly Johnson for appearing on stage in her nurses uniform....

Posted by Hilary Helkenn on Monday, September 14, 2015

Additionally Nurse Hilary Helkenn posted a response to the remarks on Facebook writing, "It is a NURSE stethoscope too. I use it to listen to a child's lungs, so I can quickly get them to the appropriate level of care, reassuring both child and parent. I also use it to listen to our elderly loved ones, who sometimes have aging hearts that go into abnormal rhythms. It is the NURSE that usually sees the patient first, and it is often the NURSE that notifies the doctor of what is going on. … Your comments denigrated our most noble profession. You owe all of the nurses of this world an apology."

Neither Behar nor Collins has responded to the backlash. Here's more of what social media is saying: 

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