After 16 years on the popular daytime show "The View," Joy Behar has announced her departure from the long running daytime talk show. Behar was one of the shows original hosts and originally was slated for limited appearances each week as a substitute for Barbara Walters. Her popularity and quick wit resonated with the audience and she soon became a full-time permanent fixture on the show.
"You can't stay forever on a show," Behar said on "Good Morning America" last week. "I am graciously exiting stage left. I've put in 16 years and felt the time was right. I want to explore other opportunities."
Behar was a frequent fill in host for Larry King Live and has hosted her own talk shows on HLN and on Current TV. The host is expected to discuss her decision to exit the long-running ABC show live on Monday, March 11th.
Behar follows a long list of co-host to leave the show, including Debbie Matenopoulos, Meredith Viera, Lisa Ling, Rosie O'Donnell, Star Jones.
That leaves Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselback and Barbara Walters as the show's hosts. A major overhaul of the show by the network is rumored as Walters retirement rumors have surfaced. Hasselback's future with the show remains in question as well, Deadline is reporting that the former Survivor cast mate turned host, is leaving the show as well. Various outlets are reporting Hasselback's dismissal from the show as well.
"The View" airs weekdays on ABC.
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