Things got weird on the ABC talk show “The View” once again on Friday morning when Joy Behar had to be reminded that “murder is wrong” during a truly bizarre interview with Gypsy Rose Blanchard.
‘Murder Is Wrong, Joy’
Business Insider reported that Blanchard, 32, was recently released from prison after serving eight years for pleading guilty to the second-degree murder of her mother Claudine Dee Blanchard. While appearing on “The View,” Blanchard expressed her hopes to advocate for other victims of Munchausen by proxy, which is “a mental illness in which a person acts as if an individual he or she is caring for has a physical or mental illness when the person is not really sick,” according to the Cleveland Clinic.
“If there is someone out there watching right now, please listen to me, heed my words, that you are not alone in this situation. There are other ways out. I did it the wrong way, so …” Blanchard said in the interview before Behar interrupted her to say, “No, no, honey, no. Don’t say that. You had no choice really.”
“Well, I did. I did something wrong,” Blanchard replied. “And I paid my dues for it.”
“Oh, you mean that part,” Behar said in response. “Oh, yeah. Nevermind.”
Co-host Ana Navarro then stepped in to say, “Murder is wrong, Joy.”
“Yes, murder’s wrong,” Blanchard said in agreement.
Check out this full interview in the video below.
Blanchard was released from prison on December 28 after serving seven years of her 10-year sentence for the second-degree murder of her mother, who was believed to be suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, according to Page Six.
“She didn’t deserve that,” Blanchard told People Magazine before her release. “She was a sick woman and unfortunately I wasn’t educated enough to see that. She deserved to be where I am, sitting in prison doing time for criminal behavior.”
“Nobody will ever hear me say I’m glad she’s dead or I’m proud of what I did. I regret it every single day,” she added.
Blanchard went on to express her hopes that her story will be a cautionary tale to others.
“I want to make sure that people in abusive relationships do not resort to murder,” she said. “It may seem like every avenue is closed off but there is always another way. Do anything, but don’t take this course of action.”
Blanchard Looks To The Future
Blanchard is also firmly focused on her own future with her husband Ryan Anderson, a 37 year-old teacher from Louisiana who she married behind bars last year. “
“It’s a journey. I’m still really trying to come to a place of forgiveness for her, for myself and the situation,” she said. “I still love my mom. And I’m starting to understand that it was something that was maybe out of her control, like an addict with an impulse. That helps me with coping and accepting what happened.”
Meanwhile, Behar was one of the original hosts of “The View” when it premiered back in 1997, and though she was fired in 2013, she was brought back two years later and has remained on the show ever since. What do you think about her comments to Blanchard? Let us know in the comments section.
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