Joy Behar, the last original member of The View aside from Barbara Walters, told Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva last week that she will soon depart the long-running morning gab-fest. Her contract expires in August.
It’s not exactly Lennon leaving the Beatles, but it’s pretty big news in the meh world of daytime TV. Behar has been on The View for sixteen years. Prior to that gig, Behar was best known as a stand-up comedian–and a good one. Behar told Andreeva that is one area she’d like to pursue–another: hosting a talk show–in lieu of sitting next to Elizabeth Hasselbeck.
“It seemed like the right time,” she said. “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 stand-up.”
Speaking of Hasselbeck, there’s talk about whether she’s returning or not. Ooh, controversy! Maybe the show will bring back Rosie O’Donnell. That went well the last time.