After Almost 17 Years, Joy Behar Leaving View
Won't return after contract ends in August
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2013 8:51 AM CST
In this Sept. 7, 2010 photo released by ABC, from left, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and Sherri Shepherd pose on the set of their daytime talk show, "The View."   (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman)

(Newser) – Joy Behar, one of the only remaining original members of The View, is leaving after 16.5 years on the show. Her contract is up in August, when the show's 16th season wraps, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She'll leave Barbara Walters as the only member of the original line-up, which also included Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, and Debbie Matenopoulos back in 1997. "You reach a point when you say to yourself, 'Do I want to keep doing this?'" Behar tells Deadline. "There are other things on my plate I want to do—I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup." She's also considering her own talk show, and rumors have swirled it could be on CNN.

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right2dave
Mar 11, 2013 12:59 PM CDT
What for her where she should be. One of the hosts of "World's Dumbest" on Tru TV. Is there any way she can take any of those other old hags with her?
Marelicia
Mar 9, 2013 1:11 PM CST
Joy Behar is 70? I never knew. Joy certainly looks good for her age, doesnt she! Wow. Hope I could look that good and be just as funny and healthy at age 70. Many blessings to Joy who will continue to bring us joy for many more years to come.
Bizzy419
Mar 8, 2013 7:23 PM CST
Yeah Barbara is crazy! I'd leave too