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. (Read more Joy Behar stories.)

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