Joy Behar’s Last Day On The View

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.

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“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.

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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.

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.

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