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Joy Behar Leaving ABC's 'The View' After 16 Years

After more than 16 years as a co-host on 'The View', Joy Behar will exit the long-running ABC talk show when her contract ends in August.

"Joy felt that 17 years on one show was enough," her publicist says in a statement. "She loved the View but felt that finding a home that would allow her to engage in more meaningful conversations was a direction she wanted to pursue. She should be announcing a new venture in the coming months."

The statement appears to confirm rumors that Behar could be on her way to CNN after she was spotted meeting with new CNN president Jeff Zucker in February.

Behar was the only remaining original cast member besides co-creator Barbara Walters, after the departures of Debbie Matenopoulos, Star Jones and Meredith Vieira.

"It seemed like the right time," she explained in a brief interview. "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."

"I do like talk shows," she said when asked about a talk show. "I'm interested in talking to people. I want to do an intelligent talk show where you have room to breathe."

A former guest host on 'Larry King Live', Behar hosted 'The Joy Behar Show' on HLN from 2009 to 2011.

March 8, 2013 |

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