Joy Behar on The View Exit: “I Need a Different Kind of Life”

After 16 years of gossip, jokes, face-offs and political smackdowns, Joy Behar is signing off from The View on Aug. 9. Just why the devil is Behar leaving the ABC Daytime talk show’s roundtable? TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan got the skinny.

TV Guide Magazine: It's been quite a while since your departure from The View was announced. Can you remind us why you're doing this? Because it really sucks.

Behar: I need a different kind of life. I have so many other things to do! I want to write, do standup, maybe do Broadway, do acting roles, and live my life without this daily regimen. I'm done! It's scary that 16 years have passed. How the hell did this happen?

Behar also dishes the infamous dust-up between former co-hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck back in 2007.

TV Guide Magazine: The Rosie O'Donnell-Elisabeth Hasselbeck explosion?

Behar: I was right in the middle of that one and it was brutal sitting in the crosshairs. It was so acrimonious, so contentious. But somebody in the booth sure liked it because they would not go to a commercial! I was, like, "What the hell is this — PBS?" Sherri Shepherd wasn't one of the cohosts yet but she just happened to be a guest on the show that particular day and she and I still talk about. It got The View a lot of attention. We've had a lot of damn drama on this show and I can't say I didn't enjoy some of it. But not the Rosie-Elisabeth thing. You know what I like remembering? When I announced the birth of my grandson. Luca. I loved becoming a grandma. That was a nice day. And then there was the day I revealed that I'd finally gotten married to Steve. But, other than that, I never talked about my private stuff.

To find out what Behar thinks of Star Jones, Jenny McCarthy being added to the panel and Bill O'Reilly, click here!

11 Responses

  1. Profile photo of DaytimeFan0001

    At 70 something years old she think’s she’s going to light up Hollywood? I used to like Behar, but I’ve noticed she’s gotten a big head the last 6+ years or so. Good bye! I hope you take some viewers with you and sink this show.

  2. Profile photo of pferrando

    I like Joy too.

    And yeah, sometimes she can be a little much…but she’s hilarious and seems to be a good person.

    The View is really going through a fast transition. That’s not always good for ANY show.

  3. Profile photo of maca42

    shes so obnoxious and has got to be kidding she is like what 75? broadway? acting? if i was her i would stay in the only gig in town as far as she is concerned and collect my paycheck. shes nuts

  4. Profile photo of kbirdusa

    This is hysterical. She’s a straight shooter? She was let go from the show. ABC’s research found that Joy and Elisabeth were the most polarizing to viewers, so they decided not to renew their contracts. Joy was allowed to say that she was leaving of her own volition, but someone leaked Elisabeth’s firing to embarrass her. But Joy’s contract wasn’t renewed either – she’s just too cowardly to admit it.

  5. Profile photo of bishbay

    Go easy on Joy, guys. There were big (and very credible) rumors that she was fired because she was too expensive. So all of this stuff about Broadway, etc., could very well be face-saving.

    Nonetheless: Joy, I love you. You’re funny and your politics were aimed at creating more love and happiness in the world. Happy post-THE VIEW life.

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