Joy Behar leaving ‘The View’ after 16-year tenure
Published: March 8, 2013 11:31AM
Updated: March 8, 2013 11:19AM
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2010 TV publicity file image released by ABC, from left, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd pose on the set of their daytime talk show, "The View," as they launch their 14th season, in New York. Behar is leaving the ABC daytime talk show at the end of the current season in August 2013. The network said in a statement Thursday, March 7, 2013, that it wishes Behar “all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.” (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman) NO TABLOIDS. NO ARCHIVES.

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!”

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