Joy Behar leaving "The View" after 16-year tenure

LOS ANGELES Thu Mar 7, 2013 9:09pm EST

Television personality Joy Behar talks during the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards event in New York November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Television personality Joy Behar talks during the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards event in New York November 12, 2012.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Television host Joy Behar is leaving ABC's talk show "The View" after more than 16 years, the network said on Thursday.

Behar, 70, who has been with the daytime show since its inception in 1997, hosts the show alongside Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

"Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of 'The View' from the very beginning. We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season," ABC said in a statement.

She will leave the show when the current season ends in August.

Behar told Deadline.com in an interview on Thursday that "it seemed like the right time" to leave the long-running show, saying she wanted to focus on other projects, including writing a play and returning to stand-up comedy.

The veteran personality is also the host of a daily talk show on Current TV, "Joy Behar: Say Anything!"

ABC is a division of the Walt Disney Co.

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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Comments (9)
kimber418 wrote:
SO glad to see her go. Hopefully she will concentrate on something in another country.

Mar 07, 2013 10:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rufas wrote:
“Good riddance To the old Bay HO geezer”

Mar 07, 2013 10:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
maxandmurray wrote:
Good riddance.

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