Joy Behar Leaving ABC's The View After 16 Years

Entertainment Mar. 7, 2013 AT 8:00PM
Joy Behar attends Joy Behar's Comics with Benefits: A Special Night Of Comedy Benefiting Victims Of Hurricane Sandy on December 10, 2012 in New York City. Joy Behar attends Joy Behar's Comics with Benefits: A Special Night Of Comedy Benefiting Victims Of Hurricane Sandy on December 10, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

It's the end of an era! After more than 16 years as a co-host on The View, Joy Behar is planning to exit the long-running ABC talk show when her contract ends in August, Deadline reports.

Behar, 70, is the only remaining original cast member besides co-creator Barbara Walters. Fellow season one co-hosts Meredith Vieira and Star Jones departed the series in 2006, while Debbie Matenopoulos left in 1999. The current panel includes Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Sherri Shepherd.

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"It seemed like the right time," Behar told Deadline in a phone interview on March 7. "You reach a point when you say to yourself, 'Do I want to keep doing this?' There are other things on my plate -- I've been writing a play, I've been neglecting my standup."

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She added, though, that she would miss her colleagues -- and Walters, in particular. "It is a smart talk show because somebody of her stature is leading the conversation," Behar said of the series' executive producer. "Barbara was one of the main reasons I took that job."

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Behar herself will be missed, too, by both fans and the network. "Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning," ABC said in a statement to Deadline. "We wish her all the best in this next chapter and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season."

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