It is reported that Behar's contract is up in August and she has informed the network that she will not renew it as she is looking to do other things, including hosting a new interview show as her HLN series was canceled in 2011 and her Current TV show ends when the network transitions to Al Jazeera. .
"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.
Comedian, talk show host. Born October 7, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Queens College and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook with a master's degree in English education, Joy Behar began working as a junior high school English teacher in 1968.
After nearly dying from an ectopic pregnancy in 1979, Behar decided to pursue her dream of a career in comedy, quitting her teaching job and getting a job as a receptionist at the morning talk show Good Morning America in the hopes of being discovered.
In 1980, Behar began performing her comedy routine at various New York City nightclubs. A year later, she and her husband, college professor Joe Behar, were divorced; she received custody of the couple's then-10-year-old daughter, Eve. Behar began earning increasingly positive reviews for her routines at such prominent clubs as Caroline's and Catch a Rising Star.
In 1997, Behar won a cohosting gig on the new ABC daily morning talk show The View, launched by television newswoman Barbara Walters. Three days a week, Behar joined cohosts Star Jones, Meredith Vieira, and Debbie Matenopolous (later replaced by Lisa Ling) for the show's mixture of celebrity interviews and chat sessions; Walters appeared on the other two days.
With its unusual hosting format (five women from varied backgrounds and generations, The View quickly gained popularity among TV viewers and critics, earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Daytime Talk Show in each of the following years. Behar and her cohosts also earned nods for Outstanding Talk Show Host. In 2009, she announced that she will be hosting her own talk show in addition to The View.