Behar explained to Deadline, “It seemed like the right time. You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do -- I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”
The comedian also hosted her own show on HLN and would like to do a new interview show. She said, “I do like talk shows, I’m interested in talking to people.”
Behar will be sad to leave “The View.” She said, “I have a lot of friends there, and I will miss everyone I’ve worked with because we have a family there.”
She singled out co-host Barbara Walters, thanking the veteran journalist for putting her on the show. “It is a smart talk show because somebody of her stature is leading the conversation; Barbara was one of the main reasons I took that job."
After more than 16 years on the show, “The View” co-host Joy Behar, 70, will be exiting this summer.
Deadline.com reports Behar’s contract is up in August, and she told the producers she did not want to renew.