NEW YORK (AP) — The last of the original hosts on ABC’s daytime talk show “The View” — except for the program’s inventor, Barbara Walters — makes her exit Friday.
Joy Behar‘s last day is punctuated by a profane joke. Taped a week ago, the program is a salute to Behar with special guests, a serenade and highlights of her memorable moments, including interviewing Barack Obama and walking out on Bill O’Reilly.
Behar, 70, a standup comic and writer, said after the taping that she wants to do something different without being held to the schedule of a daily talk show. She’s exploring different areas, and said she met with CNN chief Jeff Zucker about possibilities there.
“I don’t want to do just one thing,” she said.
Behar began her co-host duties with the first episode of “The View” in August 1997. Walters’ idea for a talk show with women hosts kicking around the news of the day, followed by celebrity guests, proved to be a success from the start.
Walters recalled learning about Behar after being taken by Regis Philbin to hear her nightclub act. “For years she has been proving how right I was” to hire her, she said.