Joy, 70 (yes she’s 70 years old!), made the shocking announcement to Deadline about her plan to quit the long-running ABC talk show when her contract ends in August.
“It seemed like the right time,” said Joy to Deadline during a phone interview on March 7. “You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”
ABC also commented on Joy’s upcoming departure. “Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning,” ABC said in a statement to Deadline. “We wish her all the best in this next chapter and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.”
Next to Barbara Walters, Joy is the second-to-last cast original cast member to remain on the show since it first aired 16½ years ago. Their fellow season one co-hosts Meredith Vieira and Star Jones departed the series in 2006, while Debbie Matenopoulos left in 1999. The current panel includes Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Sherri Shepherd.
As for the exact reason Joy is leaving the show, she is reportedly hoping to host a new interview show. There are also rumblings Joy is in talks with CNN.
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