ABC hasn’t named a replacement for Behar. The network recently said Jenny McCarthy would replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who left for a job at Fox News Channel. Producers face another big decision next year when Walters retires.
The changes will give “The View” a chance to reach out to a younger audience. The median age of a typical viewer is 61.6 years old, according to the Nielsen company. That’s about two years older than “The Talk,” the CBS lookalike show that has had a particularly strong summer. “The Talk” has recorded four of its six most-watched weeks on the air during this summer.
Age issues at “The View” were evident on Behar’s last day. Besides Walters, 83, the show featured visits from Joan Rivers, 80; Philbin, 81; and Alan Alda, 77. Tony Bennett, 87, saluted her in song.
Behar’s going-away joke, in a nod to Walters, required knowledge of 1970s television news feuds to get the punch line.