After 17 Years, Joy Behar announces she is leaving ‘The View’

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When you hear the phrases, “all things must come to an end” and “nothing last forever,” they seem appropriate in describing talk shows and their hosts. As of Thursday, it was announced that at the end of their season in August, Joy Behar will be leaving the talk show “The View.”

She has informed ABC that she will not renew her contract as she looks ahead in getting involved in new and interesting things.  The network said in a statement Thursday that they wish Behar “all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.”

The 70-year-old comic is the last of the original cast members of the popular talk show besides co-creator Barbara Walters. During a phone interview with Deadline, Behar said that “It seemed like the right time. You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”

Besides being on ‘The View,’ Behar is a host of other shows on HLN and now Current TV, though her show will come to an end after Al Jazeera’s takeover of the network.

For Joy, 16 ½ years being on the show has been great, but felt that she would rather be involved in other things than finish her career on ‘The View.’ She also told Deadline that “You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do – I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”

Yet, despite leaving one talk show does not mean she has given up on wanting to host a new talk show. She added “I do like talk shows; I’m interested in talking to people. I want to do an intelligent talk show where you have room to breathe.”

That new talk show might find its’ way on CNN as rumor has it that Behar had a meeting with new CNN chief Jeff Zucker. When asked, all she would comment was that she felt it was “a positive meeting” with Zucker as well as saying “CNN would be a great place” to have her next show on.

Zucker has been recruiting aggressively on-air talent, such as hiring Jake Tapper and Chris Cuomo, in an attempt to boost ratings for the network.

However, before she can look towards what her future career may become, Behar plans to focus on the present and spending the next several months with her co-hosts as her time on “The View” comes to an end. Obviously, it will not be easy to leave as she is extremely fond of Walters and her other co-hosts. When asked, Joy said that “I have a lot of friends there, and I will miss everyone I’ve worked with because we have a family there.”

Behar singled out Walters by thanking the veteran journalist for giving her the opportunity to appear on the show. “It is a smart talk show because somebody of her stature is leading the conversation; Barbara was one of the main reasons I took that job.”

As for ‘The View,’ Joy’s departure may not be the only one and would warrant a reboot of the popular talk show. If rumors are correct, Walters might end up leaving as well as Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s future with the show after this season is unclear.

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