REPORT: Joy Behar Sets Possible Exit Date, Says She May Retire from The View In 2022

According to a new report from Variety, Joy Behar, the 77 year old host of “The View” will consider retiring in 2022 after her contract ends.

Per Variety, multiple sources on the view confirm she has floated this exit date, but a spokesperson for ABC denied the report saying “This is not true…Joy was asked what happens at the end of her contract and as she herself made clear in the interview, if she’s ‘as fabulous in [2022] as I am now,’ she will be in her seat at the table.”

Variety reports after 21 seasons, Joy Behar has set an exit date from “The View.”

Behar, 77, would like to retire as the resident liberal on the ABC daytime talk show after her contract ends in the summer of 2022.

She revealed her plans in a new interview for the paperback of the non-fiction book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’” by Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh.

“I have a three-year contract,” Behar said in the book. “But that doesn’t mean I can’t leave if I want to, because they can’t really do anything to me at this point. I don’t see myself staying for more [time]. That’s it! I could be wrong. If I’m as fabulous in [2022] as I am now, I’ll think about. But the chances of that happening…” She paused to reflect. “You know, time marches on. I’m not a kid.”

Multiple sources on “The View” have confirmed that Behar has been floating a 2022 exit from the show.

A spokesperson from ABC denied that Behar would be leaving. “This is not true,” a network rep said. “Joy was asked what happens at the end of her contract and as she herself made clear in the interview, if she’s ‘as fabulous in [2022] as I am now,’ she will be in her seat at the table.”

If Behar follows through with her plan, she’ll leave “The View” right before she turns 80. Creator Barbara Walters departed the show in 2014, at the age of 84.

Behar has been on “The View” longer than any other co-host. She joined the talk show when it launched in 1997 after auditioning for Walters, and she’s weathered countless exits and reboots over three decades as the TV landscape has changed.

In 2013, Behar was fired when ABC daytime executives decided that “The View” should be less political (an idea that seems laughable now). But two years later, in 2015, she was brought back to the Hot Topics table as ratings sank without her, and she continues to thrive with her quick commentary on the latest scandals from the Trump White House.

On March 13, Behar took a leave from “The View” to self-isolate as a safety precaution against the coronavirus. As the other co-hosts — Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan McCain and Sunny Hostin — started working remotely, Behar has appeared on the show via a satellite from the Hamptons, where she’s been living.

UPDATE:

Thursday on the View, Joy Behar pushed back on retirement rumors. 

Variety had written “After 21 seasons, Joy Behar has set an exit date from “The View.”

Behar, 77, would like to retire as the resident liberal on the ABC daytime talk show after her contract ends in the summer of 2022.”

Behar acknowledged she may have been pondering retirement but said “This pandemic has changed the game.”

Whoopi Goldberg:

Welcome. Let’s start with some housekeeping items. Joy, what is this that I keep reading about you once again leaving the show?

Joy Behar:

You know, they’re always talking about me leaving the show, but I’m not – I’m not leaving the show. The rumors of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated.

You know here’s the thing, what am I going to do? This pandemic has changed the game. At one point, you think, gee, I could retire and take a cruise around the world. I won’t even watch reruns of ‘Love Boat’ at this point, so where am I going to go? What will I do? I need to be on television.

Also, let’s not forget I provide employment for right-wing media. I mean, I am a job creator over at Breitbart. Everything I say appears on Breitbart.

Meghan McCain:

So funny. When I read it online yesterday, I just called Joy immediately, and I was, like, so this isn’t an option. You’re not leaving. I’m not leaving. None of us are leaving. There’s a pandemic and an election, and the world is insane. Also, I’m pregnant, and I need advice from you about being pregnant from someone that probably does pregnancy similar to how I’m going to do it. So it’s not an option, Joy. You’re not leaving. None of us are going to let you go.

Joy Behar:

All right, all right, all right. The answer is no, I’m going nowhere.

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