One of the last remaining co-hosts of The View has told producers she is leaving, RumorFix has confirmed.
Joy Behar was the first co-host Barbara Walters hired 16 and a half years ago — and her rep tells RumorFix, “Joy privately made the decision to leave several weeks ago and discussed with ABC executives today. She leaves at the end of the season in July.”
Reps for The View tell RumorFix, “Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning. We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.”
Deadline Hollywood reports that Joy is writing a play and wants to return to doing stand-up along with hosting another talk show possibly on CNN. Joy’s rep tells us she had a “very positive” meeting with CNN head Jeff Zucker.