NEW YORK, NY – During Sunday’s Miss America pageant, Miss Colorado performed a monologue in which she talked about her profession as a nurse for the talent portion.
On Monday, “The View,” co-host Michelle Collins poked fun at the monologue, saying Johnson “basically read her emails out loud — and shockingly did not win.” Collins adds, “She helps patients with Alzheimer’s, which is not funny, but I swear, you had to see it.”
The comment that really sparked conversation on social media came from Joy Behar, who said, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope around her neck?”
On Wednesday, the hosts took some time to respond to reactions on social media.
“I want to say, we love nurses, if you’re watching, we adore you, respect you. Clap for the nurses,” host Michelle Collins said on Wednesday’s show. “You are wonderful and the most compassionate people.”
Joy Behar went on the say that calling it a ‘doctor’s stethoscope’ was a mistake and she was ‘not paying attention.’
“I was looking at a Miss America tape and there’s a woman wearing like an outfit,” Behar said. “And I’m thinking, ‘Is she in costume?’ I didn’t know she was a nurse. I’m used to seeing them in gowns and bathing suits. It is not like I was trying to be funny. It was stupid and inattentive on my part.”
Video of Monday’s segment is here, starting just before the 3-minute mark.
Nurse Hilary Helkenn posted a response to 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.”